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What’s vctl.exe (VMware container user interface)? Is it safe or a virus?

vctl.exe is a command line tool developed by VMware, Inc. that is used to manage container-based applications. It allows users to create, run, and manage containers on a VMware platform using simple commands.

With vctl.exe, users can easily deploy and manage containerized applications, and perform various operations like creating networks, managing storage, and configuring container settings. The tool simplifies the process of working with containers and helps users to efficiently manage their container-based applications on VMware infrastructure.

(Researched by Carl @ SpyShelter Labs)

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Who makes vctl.exe (VMware container user interface)?

We’ve found VMware, Inc. should be the publisher of vctl.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 vctl.exe safe or a virus?

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

  1. Scan the executable with Microsoft's built-in tech
  2. Find vctl.exe's publisher
  3. Search the executable's hash with VirusTotal
  4. Monitor the executable's behavior
Last updated: February 5, 2024

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