What is VzFw.exe?

The genuine VzFw.exe file is a software component of VAIO Entertainment Platform by Sony.
Designed primarily for the Sony Giga Pocket, the VAIO Entertainment File Import Service is a program that imports multimedia from an external device to your computer. It has an easy to use interface, allowing you to select files from the device and where to save them. It also allows you to keep the recorded files on the original device. Based in Tokyo, Japan, Sony transferred the VAIO PC line to Japan Industrial Partners, but continues to support software on their website.

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 VzFw.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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VzFw.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with VzFw
VzFw.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as VAIO Entertainment File Import Service belongs to software VAIO Entertainment Platform or VAIO Entertainment by Sony (

Description: VzFw.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. VzFw.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 135,168 bytes (23% of all occurrences), 118,784 bytes and 5 more variants. 
The program has no visible window. The file is not a Windows system file. Therefore the technical security rating is 42% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In case you experience problems using VzFw.exe, you can do the following:

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as VzFw.exe. Therefore, you should check the VzFw.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

Takes about 60-99 percent of CPU
It slows my computer down and requires allmost half of the CPU capacity
  Udo Linder  
it makes cpu100% and makes my computer so slowly
Sometimes eats upwards of 90% of CPU capacity for no apparent reason. No ill effects if process is terminated... what is it doing?
Can't figure out why it loads at boot time and takes 50% cpu utilization
The VzFw.exe file stopped WMP9 on its tracks, taking up to 99 to 100% CPU usage, making other programs non responsive. I was about to return my laptop because of the frequent ocurrence.
It's the Sony Vaio framework app, it catalogues media files for Vaio Zone.
  Rob   (further information)
Vzfw refers to the Vaio Zone Framework of Sony, which comes by default on the VAIO Pcs and Laptops. There seems to be some problem with this program as it eats up all the CPU Cycles. So, after startup, I always kill it so that it does not hog the CPU. OTherwise pretty harmless
It came preloaded on my sony vaio, boots on load, and uses about 70 MB of memory and I've never used it.
shuts down files work on click to dvd,pops up once or twice evry time ur online so is a real problem to me
It actually makes your computer around 30% faster as it keeps the memory fresh and active.
  Jomoss Extremoss   (further information)
Its VAIO Entertainment File Import Service, u can remove it from registry. To stop problem
It's more a nuisance than anything. Just appears randomly and interupts the programme running.
it is a program used by Sony GigaPocket Multimedia Center
It's kinda organizing tool working in the background. It instantly compares the library of Sonic Stage and VAIO ZONE. If you added new music to your Sonic Stage library this executive will add it to Vaio Zone automatically. That's all.
It began devouring cpu after I indexed my music & picture files in vaio zone... shut it off with no ill effects. A nuisance...
VzFw.exe used at least 37 MB of RAM on my computer. Since it's part of GigaPocket, which I don't use, I compressed VzFw.exe & VzFwImport.dll in a rar file and then deleted both those files. VzFw.exe thankfully doesn't start on my computer anymore. If you delete these files, make sure you save a copy elsewhere in case you need to restore them. You can find these files inside C:\Program Files\Common Files\Sony Shared\VAIO Entertainment\VzCdb
it is a service installed on Vaio computers to monitor folders for certain file-types. it is perfectly safe and can be stopped in the services.msc
Uses cycles only when new media needs indexing for VAIO Zone. If you have a lot of video/music/photo let it do it's job before panicking lol
It is a file import program for sony vaio machines it is used to catalog files from seleted folders for use in Vaio Zone and Sonic Stage. it uses 50% cpu and some time get stuck recatologing large folders so it uses 50% cpu all the time. it can be shut down in the task managee and if you dont plan on useing vaio zone in that session.
  Nigel Tatschner  
Vaio Zone Framework. This can be disabled for startup in Services of the control panel/ performance and maint./ admin tools/ services
slows down my computer, trojan viruses found linked to it.. interrupts everything. it's a pain!

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of VzFw.exe: based on 22 votes with 22 user comments. 4 users think VzFw.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. 11 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 4 users suspect danger. One user thinks VzFw.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving VzFw issues

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