What does the vsmon.exe file do?
The vsmon.exe process is also known as TrueVector Service or, as the case may be, ZoneAlarm and is a part of ZoneAlarm or, as the case may be, TrueVector Service. This software is produced by Zone Labs (www.zonelabs.com) or, as the case may be, Check Point Software Technologies LTD. An obsolete or defective version of vsmon.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- TrueVector service has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- TrueVector 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)
- vsmon.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module vsmon.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about vsmon.exe TrueVector service
vsmon.exe is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. Vsmon.exe is found in a subdirectory of C:\Windows\System32 - in most cases C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\ZoneLabs\.
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 75,304 bytes (49% of all these files), 2,402,184 bytes as well as 22 other variants.
This process does not appear as a visible window, but only in Task Manager. Vsmon.exe contains a digital signature from Verisign, a subsidiary of Symantec. Verisign thereby confirms this file's authenticity and integrity. The file has a digital signature. This confirms that the producer has been registered with a certificate authority. The vsmon file is not part of the Windows operating system. You can use Windows Control Panel (Programs icon) to completely remove the software. Vsmon.exe is capable of supervise programs, modify other Windows tasks as well as hides its presence from system tools. For this reason, 12% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.
- A vsmon.exe file has a 15% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files". In this case, the file size is usually 3,592,120 bytes (20% of all these files), 3,596,752 bytes as well as 11 other variants. The program executes in the background, and can only be terminated using Windows Task Manager. The original file has a digital certificate (see its file properties). The file does not come from Microsoft and is not part of the operating system. The original file is digitally signed. Check your file. You can use Windows Control Panel (Programs icon) to completely remove the software. Vsmon.exe is capable of monitor other applications as well as Change the behavior of other applications.
- A vsmon.exe file has a 23% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in a subdirectory of C:\Windows. In this case, the file size is usually 2,435,592 bytes (56% of all these files), 2,402,184 bytes, 2,384,240 bytes or, as the case may be, 2,434,568 bytes. The program executes in the background, and can only be terminated using Windows Task Manager. The original file is digitally signed. Check your file. The producer of the file is registered with a certificate authority. This confirms the genuineness of the file. The file does not come from Microsoft and is not part of the operating system. Vsmon.exe is capable of supervise programs as well as modify other Windows tasks.
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 vsmon.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 vsmon?
|ZoneAlarm Personal FireWall which monitors internet traffic and generates alerts |
|Its just a mandatory Zone Alarm file. |
|It is part of Zonealarm Security. It is not dangerous unless you don't use Zonealarm in which case it is dangerous malware and should be quarantined or deleted immediately. Eats up a large amounts of memory whenever using torrent engines or prolonged internet usage. To resolve just shut down ZA and restart it. Very annoying when one core is being completely used by its process and your computer turns into a slug and internet speed is at a crawl :/ Hopefully the bug is resolved in future releases of ZA. BTW I still love ZA and recommend it to everyone I meet and all my customers because it offers the best protection in the biz. (further information...) |
Summary: 232 users judge vsmon.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. 39 users consider it harmless. However, 48 users consider this to be a suspicious process and would like to get rid of it. For this reason, 57 users have already deleted vsmon.exe. source: file.net
How to uninstall ZoneAlarm or TrueVector Service
To remove TrueVector service from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.
- Click the Windows Start Button. In Windows 8, look for Control Panel.
- Click Control Panel.
- Click Uninstall a program.
- Look for ZoneAlarm or TrueVector Service in the list of available programs.
- Click Uninstall.
How to tell if vsmon.exe (TrueVector 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 TrueVector service. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for TrueVector 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 vsmon.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.