What is vpatch.exe?

The genuine vpatch.exe file is a software component of ISS Proventia by Internet Security Systems.
The Proventia suite of security systems provide network and server intrusion prevention systems (IPS) and products for business users. In 2006 ISS was acquired by giant IBM (International Business Machines).

VPatch stands for Virtual Patch Protection System

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 vpatch.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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Vpatch.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with vpatch
Vpatch.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Virtual Patch Protection System or mixer patch tool or Patch Application belongs to software ISS Proventia or Proventia Virtual Patch Protection System or BlackICE-AME_inst or Visual Patch Runtime by Internet Security Systems ( or VIA (

Description: Vpatch.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Vpatch.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 426,333 bytes (60% of all occurrences), 405,770 bytes or 484,864 bytes. 
The program has no visible window. The vpatch.exe file is not a Windows system file. Vpatch.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 42% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You could uninstall the software BlackICE-AME_inst using the Uninstall a Program function of Windows Control Panel (Windows: Start, Settings, Control Panel, Uninstall a Program).

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If vpatch.exe is located in a subfolder of Windows folder for temporary files, the security rating is 76% dangerous. The file size is 482,816 bytes. There is no file information. The program is not visible. The file is not a Windows core file. Vpatch.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications.

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as vpatch.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the vpatch.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

vpatch.exe is part of Proventia Virtual Patch Protection System developed by Internet Security Systems

Summary: Average user rating of vpatch.exe: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user thinks vpatch.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application.

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Best practices for resolving vpatch issues

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