What is vulscan.exe?

The genuine vulscan.exe file is a software component of LANDesk Management Suite by LANDesk Software, Inc..
LANDesk Software's "vulScan.exe" Client Vulnerability Scanner is an agent program on a PC belonging to an enterprise network managed by one or more of LANDesk's products: Management Suite, Security Suite or Patch Manager. Located in "C:\Program Files\LANDesk\LDClient", it scans the Windows OS and other software on the client PC for vulnerabilities publicly defined in the CVE (Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures) standard and applies patches or updates known to be available. Uninstalling, removing, or stopping "vulscan.exe" is not recommended without consulting LANDesk Software because of its complex need to communicate with the network's LANDesk Core Server and Database Server; its specific behavior in the client PC is controlled by parameters stored on the Core Server. LANDesk Software, Inc., located in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, with worldwide offices, provides software used by major enterprises to unify and automate management of over 250 million desktops, servers, and mobile devices.

VulScan stands for Client Vulnerability Scanner

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 vulscan.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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Vulscan.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with vulscan
Vulscan.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as vulScan Application belongs to software LANDesk Software or LANDesk Management Suite by LANDesk Software ( or LANDESK Software, Inc. and its affiliates.

Description: Vulscan.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file vulscan.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,081,344 bytes (28% of all occurrences), 1,163,264 bytes and 4 more variants. 
The file is not a Windows system file. The application starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The program has no visible window. Vulscan.exe is able to connect to the Internet and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 38% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Recommended: Identify vulscan.exe related errors

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

Vulscan ist der Vulnerability Scanner von LANDesk. Diese Executable durcsucht das System nach Anfälligkeiten.
  WolfgangD   (further information)
LANDesk network management software related
    (further information)
vulscan.exe is part of LANDesk Management Suite. This task is responsible for a hardware piece in your system. It offers additional configuration options and support for this device

Summary: Average user rating of vulscan.exe: based on 3 votes with 3 user comments. 2 users think vulscan.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless.

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Best practices for resolving vulscan issues

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