What is VMwareService.exe?

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the VMwareService.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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VMwareService.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with VMwareService
VMwareService.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as VMware Tools Service appears to belong to software VMwareService or VMware Tools by VMware (

Description: VMwareService.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. VMwareService.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 23,552 bytes (47% of all occurrences), 30,132 bytes and 5 more variants. 
There is no file information. The program is not visible. It is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. The file is not a Windows system file. The process uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. VMwareService.exe is able to monitor applications and hide itself. Therefore the technical security rating is 90% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

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If VMwareService.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 14% dangerous. The file size is 260,656 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 539,184 bytes or 159,744 bytes. The program is not visible. The application can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. It is not a Windows system file. The file is a Verisign signed file. VMwareService.exe is digitally signed. VMwareService.exe is able to hide itself, monitor applications and manipulate other programs.

Uninstalling this variant: If you are having problems with VMwareService.exe, you may also uninstall VMware Tools from your computer using the Control Panel applet Uninstall a Program.

Important: Some malware also uses the file name VMwareService.exe, for example TROJ_Generic.DIF or WORM_KRUNCHY.B (detected by TrendMicro), and Backdoor.Win32.Rbot.abtw or Backdoor.Win32.Rbot.wim (detected by Kaspersky). Therefore, you should check the VMwareService.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


User Comments

This is the VMware service for the virtual pc that is running Windows. It belongs to the vmware tools installation that makes your virtual hardware work under windows.
  Panos   (further information)
vmwareservice.exe is either part of VMware Tools VMware, Inc (Increases performance and allows enhanced interaction between hosts and guests in Vmware virtual machines.) or virus.
  Kevin   (further information)

Summary: Average user rating of VMwareService.exe: based on 5 votes with 2 user comments. One user thinks VMwareService.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user suspects danger. 3 users think VMwareService.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it.

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Best practices for resolving VMwareService issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with VMwareService. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the 6resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the VMwareService.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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