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What’s vmms.exe (Virtual Machine Management Service)? Is it safe or a virus?

VMMS.exe is a process associated with Microsoft Windows' Virtual Machine Management Service.

This service is responsible for the management and control of virtual machines on a Windows-based system. It oversees tasks such as creating, pausing, resuming, and stopping virtual machines, as well as the allocation of hardware resources to these machines.

A virtual machine (VM) is a software emulation of a physical computer, creating a separate environment that can run its own operating system and applications as if it were a distinct separate PC. For example, if you want to run an app on your PC but not risk damaging your PC, you open up a Virtual Machine like "Windows Sandbox" and open that app, then you will see a separate Windows environment where you can drag the app, and run it without potentially hurting your own PC.

(Researched by Carl @ SpyShelter Labs)


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Who makes vmms.exe (Virtual Machine Management Service)?

We’ve found Microsoft Windows should be the publisher of vmms.exe.

How do we know? Our SpyShelter cybersecurity labs focuses on monitoring different types of Windows PC executables and their behaviors for our popular SpyShelter Antispyware software. Learn more about us, and how our cybersecurity team studies Windows PC executables/processes.

What does it mean if someone is the publisher of a PC .exe (executable or process)?

The publisher of an executable is the entity responsible for its distribution and authenticity. Most processes/executables on your PC should be signed. The signature on the executable should have been verified through a third party whose job it is to make sure the entity is who it says it is. Find an unsigned executable? You should consider scanning any completely unsigned .exe on your PC.

Is vmms.exe safe or a virus?

Below are 4 simple steps you can take to see if the vmms.exe process is safe or malware.

  1. Scan the executable with Microsoft's built-in tech
  2. Find vmms.exe's publisher
  3. Search the executable's hash with VirusTotal
  4. Monitor the executable's behavior
Last updated: February 9, 2024

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