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What does the vmware-authd.exe file do?

The vmware-authd.exe process is also known as VMware Authorization Service and is a part of VMware Workstation or, as the case may be, Evernote v. This software is produced by VMware (www.vmware.com). An obsolete or defective version of vmware-authd.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:

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What you should know about vmware-authd.exe VMware Authorization service

vmware-authd.exe is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. Vmware-authd.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files". Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 79,872 bytes (25% of all these files), 89,792 bytes as well as 11 other variants.
It is the service "VMAuthdService".
The program executes in the background, and can only be terminated using Windows Task Manager. The file is no part of Microsoft Windows. You can use Windows Control Panel (Programs icon) to completely remove the software. The original file has a digital certificate (see its file properties). This file contains a digital signature from Verisign, a subsidiary of Symantec. Verisign thereby confirms this file's authenticity and integrity. This particular software is receiving or sending data on the LAN (your local network) or on the Internet. Vmware-authd.exe is capable of monitor other applications. For this reason, 25% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.

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 vmware-authd.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 vmware-authd?

This is virtual mashine authentifacation service (further information...)
One of the components used by VMWare to allow virtual machines to see your network
Used by VMWare virtual machine software. Allows running Linux (or other OS) on Windows machines *without* rebooting, in a window. Most usefull!
Richard Creighton
Not dangerous. Controls VMWare Authentication and authorization for access to virtual machines (further information...)
Julian Llanten
it comes with vmware workstation (or possibly other products from vmware.com)

Summary: 7 users judge vmware-authd.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. source: file.net

How to uninstall VMware Workstation or Evernote v

To remove VMware Authorization service from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.

  1. Click the Windows Start Button. You find it in the lower left corner of the taskbar.
  2. Type the word uninstall.
  3. Click Add or remove programs.
  4. Now locate VMware Workstation or Evernote v in the list of displayed applications.
  5. Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
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How to tell if vmware-authd.exe (VMware Authorization 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 VMware Authorization service. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for VMware Authorization 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 vmware-authd.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.

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