What is vshost.exe?

The genuine vshost.exe file is a software component of Visual Studio by Microsoft.
This hosting process is a Visual Studio feature to improve debugging performance, enable partial trust debugging, and enable design time expression evaluation. The hosting process files are placed in the output folder of the user's project. Visual Studio provides development tools for building ASP.NET Web applications, XML Web Services, desktop applications, and mobile applications.

VShost stands for VisualStudio hosting process

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 vshost.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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Vshost.exe file information

The process belongs to software stub by unknown.

Description: Vshost.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Vshost.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 4,567,863 bytes. 
The vshost.exe file is a file with no information about its developer. The software is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The vshost.exe file is not a Windows system file. Vshost.exe is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The program is not visible. Vshost.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs, monitor applications and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 82% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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If vshost.exe is located in C:\, the security rating is 100% dangerous. The file size is 217,088 bytes. There is no file information. The program is not visible. Some people think it is dangerous. It is not a Windows core file.

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as vshost.exe. Therefore, you should check the vshost.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 vshost.exe: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user thinks vshost.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application.

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Best practices for resolving vshost issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with vshost. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic 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 resmon 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 DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the vshost.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security 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. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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