What is vpngui.exe?

The genuine vpngui.exe file is a software component of Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client by Cisco.
Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client is a cybersecurity application designed to provide the user with anonymity while surfing the Internet. Vpngui.exe runs the graphical user interface for the Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client. This is not an essential process for Windows and can be disabled if known to create problems. Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client is a program that connects systems to a virtual private network. The client allows secure access to resources of another network in a way that the user seems connected directly to the target network. It also provides browser-based (clientless) VPN access. Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client supports Microsoft Windows, Macintosh OS, and Linux. Cisco Systems, Inc. is an American company that designs, manufactures, and markets networking equipment. The company was founded in 1984 by Leonard Bosack along with Kirk Lougheed, two students at Stanford University. The company's first product was based on the University's router software, which Stanford later licensed to Cisco. Cisco is currently employs over 74,000 people worldwide and is presently headquartered in San Jose, California, USA.

VPNGUI stands for Cisco Systems Virtual Private Network Client Graphical User Interface

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 vpngui.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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Vpngui.exe file information

The process known as Cisco Systems VPN Client belongs to software Cisco Systems VPN Client by Cisco Systems (

Description: Vpngui.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The vpngui.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,528,880 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 1,549,096 bytes, 1,466,384 bytes, 1,524,776 bytes or 1,445,904 bytes. 
The program has a visible window. It is not a Windows system file. The file is digitally signed. The process is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\User Shell Folders). Vpngui.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 12% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If there are any problems with vpngui.exe, you can do the following:
  1) uninstall Cisco Systems VPN Client from your computer using the Control Panel applet Uninstall a Program
  2) turn to the software developer, Cisco, for advice
  3) update the program.

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

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  Mr. Penut  
when i run this application and click on connect it disappers
  Durga Ranjan Srivastava  
comes with cisco vpn client
  Zack   (further information)
When the vpngui is running, my computer hangs and opens lots of windows
  Tony Zach  

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Summary: Average user rating of vpngui.exe: based on 10 votes with 5 user comments. 7 users think vpngui.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. One user thinks vpngui.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving vpngui issues

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