What is VMonitor.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 VMonitor.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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VMonitor.exe file information

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

The process known as Monitor SnapShot Button belongs to software Digital microscope or Vimicro USB2.0 UVC PC Camera or Media-Tech Camera or Vimicro UVC USB2.0 PC Camera or Dolphin USB (version 2.0 Clip-on Webcam with Built-in) or Camera-H1C or Frontech USB Camera or Camera-H2C by Vimicro (

Description: VMonitor.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file VMonitor.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 135,168 bytes (64% of all occurrences), 143,360 bytes, 114,688 bytes or 245,760 bytes. 
The program has no visible window. The software starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). It is not a Windows system file. Therefore the technical security rating is 47% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you have any problems with VMonitor.exe, you can also uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a ProgramDigital microscope or Vimicro USB2.0 UVC PC Camera.

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

VMonitor.exe is part of VMonitor developed by Vimicro Corporation.
Seems to install with Veho 'Discovery' USB microscope. Process description is "Monitor Snapshot Button", which is fairly useless anyway. Not needed.
Installs with the USB microscope from Adafruit
  Bruce Boyes   (further information)
Comes with the Plexgear USB-microscope as stated before.
    (further information)

Summary: Average user rating of VMonitor.exe: based on 5 votes with 4 user comments. One user thinks VMonitor.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.

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Best practices for resolving VMonitor issues

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