Most antivirus programs identify VSM.exe as malware.
The VSM.exe file is a software component of Virtual Screen Manager by Armen Mkrtchyan.
Vsm.exe is an executable file that is part of Virtual Screen Manager, a utility software for the Windows platform that lets users create and manage multiple virtual desktops. This is not an essential process for Windows and can be disabled if known to create problems. Virtual Screen Manager features panel free alignment and resizing, sticky windows, screen integrity protection, application sharing between different screens with drag'n'drop support, an application lock, hot key assignments, screen tool tips with screen names and contents, handling explorer window hiding, improved hanged application, and a help system. Armen Mkrtchyan is software designer, developer and consultor based in Ettlingen, Germany. He has been working with C++ for over 20 years and has 10 years of C# and .NET experience with Windows. Armen primarily builds applications for the Windows platform.
VSM stands for Virtual Screen Manager
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Description: VSM.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file VSM.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files".
Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 434,176 bytes (50% of all occurrences) or 4,317,184 bytes.
There is no file information. VSM.exe is not a Windows core file. VSM.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 40% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.
Recommended: Identify VSM.exe related errors
Important: You should check the VSM.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.
The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: ASecurity Task Manager examines the active VSM process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known Banti-malware tool tells you if the VSM.exe on your computer displays annoying ads, slowing it down. This type of unwanted adware program is not considered by some antivirus software to be a virus and is therefore not marked for cleanup.
A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding PC trouble. 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.