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What’s vmnetcfg.exe (Virtual Network Editor Application)? Is it safe or a virus?

The vmnetcfg.exe file is a part of VMware Workstation, a virtualization software created by VMware, Inc.

It's used to configure the virtual networks within the virtualized environment. This executable allows users to define and modify the network settings for virtual machines, including assigning network adapters, configuring IP addresses, and setting up connection types such as bridged, NAT, or host-only networking. By running vmnetcfg.exe, users can manage the networking options for their virtual machines, enabling them to create and customize network environments that best suit their specific requirements for testing, development, or other virtualization needs.

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Who makes vmnetcfg.exe (Virtual Network Editor Application)?

We’ve found VMware, Inc. should be the publisher of vmnetcfg.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.

Last updated: March 15, 2024

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