What is vmwareuser.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 vmwareuser.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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Vmwareuser.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with vmwareuser
Vmwareuser.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as VMware Tools Service belongs to software VMware Tools or VMware User Process by VMware (

Description: Vmwareuser.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file vmwareuser.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 268,848 bytes (25% of all occurrences), 114,688 bytes and 5 more variants. 
The program has no visible window. The application is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). Vmwareuser.exe is not a Windows system file. The software can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. The vmwareuser.exe file is a Verisign signed file. The vmwareuser.exe file is certified by a trustworthy company. Vmwareuser.exe is able to monitor applications, manipulate other programs and record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 32% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you have any problems with vmwareuser.exe, you can do the following:
  1) uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program > VMware Tools)
  2) look for help on the website.

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If vmwareuser.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder, the security rating is 56% dangerous. The file size is 47,616 bytes. There is no description of the program. The program is not visible. The vmwareuser.exe file is not a Windows core file. vmwareuser.exe appears to be a compressed file.

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as vmwareuser.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder, for example TROJ_GEN.R00UC0DB915 (detected by TrendMicro), and Trojan.Win32.Reconyc.dpzv (detected by Kaspersky). Therefore, you should check the vmwareuser.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

It's from vmware. When you drag and drop it may go 100% resources. You can kill it with no fear in task manager.
  Daniel (danno)   (further information)
Used inside a VmWare Virtual machine. Allows to drag and drop files in the vistual machine and other functions
It's from vmware. When you drag and drop it may go 100% resources. You can kill it with no fear in task manager. 100% confirm by me

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Summary: Average user rating of vmwareuser.exe: based on 12 votes with 4 user comments. 6 users think vmwareuser.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 3 users think it's probably harmless. 3 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving vmwareuser issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with vmwareuser. 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 vmwareuser.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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