What does the vds.exe file do?
The vds.exe process is also known as Virtual Disk Service and is a part of Microsoft Windows Operating System. This software is produced by Microsoft (www.microsoft.com). An obsolete or defective version of vds.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- Virtual Disk service has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- Virtual Disk service has stopped working. A problem caused the program to stop working correctly. Windows will close the program and notify you if a solution is available. (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- vds.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module vds.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about vds.exe Virtual Disk service
vds.exe is a Windows system file. The file vds.exe is found in the C:\Windows\System32 directory.
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 453,632 bytes (50% of all these files), 385,536 bytes or, as the case may be, 452,608 bytes.
It is the service "vds".
This file is part of the operating system. To verify its trustworthiness, Microsoft has provided it with an embedded certificate. This particular software does not have a visible window, and does not appear on the taskbar. For this reason, 2% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.
vds.exe is a system file used by Microsoft Windows, and appears in Windows Task Manager as a process named "Virtual Disk service." However, some viruses or Trojans use the same file name in order to remain undetected (such as TROJ_GEN.R08NC0DAR15 (recognized by TrendMicro), as well as Trojan.Gen or, as the case may be, Trojan.Gen.2 (recognized by Symantec)).
To be really safe, you should scan your computer with two different anti-virus engines. You can use a free Anti-Malware scanner for this purpose.
Objectionable files with the same file name have the following characteristics: A vds.exe file has a 100% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in in a subdirectory of the Windows Temp folder. In this case, the file size is usually 1,350,656 bytes. There is no internal description of the file. This vds.exe process does not have a visible window, and does not appear on the taskbar. This vds program is receiving or sending data on the LAN (your local network) or on the Internet. The vds file is no part of Microsoft Windows.
If you see this file on your hard drive or in Windows Task Manager, please make sure that it is not a malicious variant. It's a fact that many trojans try to cloak their true identity by calling themselves vds.exe. With the above information or by using tools like Security Task Manager you can determine if, in your case, the file is an undesirable variant.
What do other computer users say about vds?
|vds.exe is a process from Virtual Disk Service by Microsoft Corporation and part of Microsoft Windows Operating System. |
|Microsoft Virtual Disk Service vds.exe is a necessary process that, among other things, formats a hard drive. |
Summary: 3 users judge vds.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. source: file.net
How to uninstall the program
To remove Virtual Disk service from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.
- Click the Windows Start Button. You find it in the lower left corner of the taskbar.
- Type the word uninstall.
- Click Add or remove programs.
- Now locate the program in the list of displayed applications.
- Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
How to tell if vds.exe (Virtual Disk service) was uninstalled cleanly
After uninstalling, restart your computer. Then start Windows Explorer and see if there is still a folder with the name of the software under C:\Program Files. Be sure to check the Registry as well for remnants of Virtual Disk service. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for Virtual Disk service or the name of the producer. Always keep in mind that only a computer professional should ever directly delete entries in the Windows Registry.
What to do if a program does not uninstall
The easiest way to remove any kind of software cleanly and accurately is to use an uninstaller tool. Because the uninstaller automatically creates a backup, there is no risk of anything going wrong.
Last but not least
If Windows not working quite right for you, or if startup is taking a long time, or vds.exe is causing problems for you, a good Windows diagnostic tool may very well help. This is especially effective when it comes to older computers that have accumulated vast quantities of "garbage data" as the result of many software installs and uninstalls.