What is vpnclient.exe?

The genuine vpnclient.exe file is a software component of PacketiX VPN Client by SoftEther.
Vpnclient.exe is the main executable that is used to run the PacketiX VPN Client. This program is used to connect to the internet service provided by PacketiX.NET. PacketiX.NET is a non-profit online environment developed by the SoftEther Corporation, a Japanese software developer. It was founded in April 2004 by academics studying at the University of Tsukuba. Daiyu Nobori, who is now the Representative Director and Chairman of the SoftEther Corporation, wrote the code for SoftEther 1.0, the predecessor to PacketiX.NET. In an effort to boost the development of Information Technology in Japan, the project was adopted by the Exploratory Youth program, and the name subsequently changed to PacketiX.NET.

VPNClient stands for PacketiX Virtual Private Network Client Service

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 vpnclient.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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Vpnclient.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with vpnclient
Vpnclient.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as PureVPN or SoftEther VPN or PacketiX VPN Client Service (version 2.0) or Fujitsu UK & Ireland VPN Client (version v5.0.07.0290) or PhantomPeer

belongs to software SoftEther VPN Client or Fujitsu UK & Ireland VPN Client or PureVPN or PacketiX VPN Client

by SoftEther VPN Project at University of Tsukuba, Japan or SoftEther or SoftEther Project at University of Tsukuba, Japan or Cisco Systems (

Description: Vpnclient.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The vpnclient.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of C:\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 4,838,400 bytes (29% of all occurrences), 3,973,352 bytes and 16 more variants. 
The program is not visible. The vpnclient.exe file is not a Windows system file. The software uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. It is certified by a trustworthy company. Vpnclient.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 54% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you have any problems with vpnclient.exe, you can uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a ProgramSoftEther VPN Client or PureVPN, ask Customer Support to assist you or update to a possibly bug-fixed version.

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


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Summary: Average user rating of vpnclient.exe: based on 4 votes with 1 user comment. 4 users think vpnclient.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application.

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Best practices for resolving vpnclient issues

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