What is vmnetdhcp.exe?

The genuine vmnetdhcp.exe file is a software component of VMware Workstation by VMware.
This system process runs on virtual machines running through VMware and provides dynamic host control protocol settings to the VM. DHCP is the service that assigns an internet protocol address to your machine. VMware provides the ability to run virtual workstations within another operating system. vmnetdhcp provides the means of DHCP communication between the client VM and the host operating system. VMware was founded in 1998 and subsequently acquired in 2004 by EMC Corporation.

VMnetDHCP stands for VMware network Dynamic Host Control Protocol Service

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 vmnetdhcp.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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Vmnetdhcp.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with vmnetdhcp
Vmnetdhcp.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as VMware VMnet DHCP service belongs to software VMware Workstation or VMware Server or VMware DHCP Service by VMware (

Description: Vmnetdhcp.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Vmnetdhcp.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 121,392 bytes (17% of all occurrences), 106,496 bytes and 10 more variants. 
The program has no visible window. The file is not a Windows system file. You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. It is a Verisign signed file. It is certified by a trustworthy company. Therefore the technical security rating is 19% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you are having problems with vmnetdhcp.exe, you can remove the entire program VMware Workstation or VMware Player using Windows Control Panel or look for help on the website.

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If vmnetdhcp.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows, the security rating is 14% dangerous. The file size is 358,080 bytes (22% of all occurrences), 359,104 bytes and 8 more variants. The program has no visible window. It is a Verisign signed file. The vmnetdhcp.exe file is certified by a trustworthy company. The file is not a Windows core file. The program can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet.

Uninstalling this variant: If you are having problems with vmnetdhcp.exe, you can remove the entire program VMware, Inc. or VMware Workstation using Windows Control Panel or get help from the software vendor Vmware.

Important: Some malware disguises itself as vmnetdhcp.exe, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the vmnetdhcp.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

Das ist ein Teil von VMware Workstation.
  Vampire   (further information)
Virtual PC Software
  gernot   (further information)
helps manager the virtual network connections between the virtual machine and actual computer network interface.
DHCP service from VMWare products (not only workstation)
It belongs to Vmware virtual machine and provides dhcp service for the virtual networks created by Vmware virtual machine.
Habs mit firewall geblockt und kam nicht mehr ins inet.. vmware hab ich installiert.. aber wieso geh ich darueber ins netz? bluepill trojaner??
It is a service VM uses. Not a virus.

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Summary: Average user rating of vmnetdhcp.exe: based on 8 votes with 7 user comments. 6 users think vmnetdhcp.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger.

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Best practices for resolving vmnetdhcp issues

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