What is VCAgent.exe?

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 VCAgent.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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VCAgent.exe file information

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

The process belongs to software VAIO Care or HP Insight Diagnostics Online Edition for by Sony ( or Hewlett-Packard Company (

Description: VCAgent.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The VCAgent.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 36,400 bytes (40% of all occurrences), 85,696 bytes and 10 more variants. 
The program has no visible window. The file is a Verisign signed file. The file is not a Windows core file. VCAgent.exe is digitally signed. Therefore the technical security rating is 22% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you encounter difficulties with VCAgent.exe, you can contact Customer Service or uninstall VAIO Care or HP Version Control Agent software via Windows Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 10/8/7).

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

Part of Sony's VAIO Care program
Slows some Sony Vaio laptops down to the point of "no return." Sony has not responded as to the cause, but then sony is less known for its software competency than it's hardware quality...
  Danny B   (further information)
Sony could at least give us the option to run it or not. The VC takes over my labtop computer and runs for hours.
Ungefährlich aber sehr lästig! VCAgent beansprucht hohe CPU-Ressourcen und führt auf meinem VAIO-Laptop Baujahr 2014 zu regelmäßigen Abbrüchen der WLAN-Verbindung. Die Softwareentwickler bei Sony kriegen dieses Problem, offensichtlich nicht in den Griff.
  David O.  
it tacks to much ram on my computer
Consumes large amounts of memory and slows down the computer. Little gain for the pain.
  Michael McEwen  
It runs and takes over my computer. I dont know if there is any benifit but I would like Sony to get off their butts and do something about it with an update.It is definately dangerous because it causes problems constantly
  Neilson Shepard  
it uses up over half my memory
  lee Herron  

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of VCAgent.exe: based on 10 votes with 8 user comments. One user thinks VCAgent.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 3 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 4 users suspect danger. One user thinks VCAgent.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving VCAgent issues

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