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What is vmnat.exe?

Vmnat.exe is a executable file (a program) within Windows. The filename extension .exe denotes an executable file. You should only run executable files from publishers you trust, because executable files can potentially change your computer settings or harm your computer. The free file information forum can help you determine if vmnat.exe is a virus, trojan, spyware, or adware that you can remove, or a file belonging to a Windows system or to an application you can trust.

Vmnat.exe file information

The process known as VMware NAT Service belongs to software VMware Workstation or VMware Player or VMware Server by VMware (www.vmware.com).

Description: Vmnat.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. vmnat.exe is located in the folder C:\Windows\System32. Known file sizes on Windows 7/XP are 135,168 bytes (52% of all occurrences), 139,337 bytes and 13 more variants. http://www.file.net/process/vmnat.exe.html 
The program is not visible. Vmnat.exe is not a Windows system file. The application can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. Therefore the technical security rating is 35% dangerous, however also read the users reviews.
If problems with vmnat.exe come up, you may want to do the following:

  • visit the www.vmware.com website
  • uninstall VMware Workstation or VMware Player software via Windows Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 7/Vista)

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If vmnat.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows, the security rating is 32% dangerous. The file size is 135,168 bytes (42% of all occurrences), 437,328 bytes, 399,920 bytes, 142,128 bytes or 395,824 bytes. The program has no visible window. It is not a Windows core file. Vmnat.exe is a Verisign signed file. Vmnat.exe is digitally signed.

If vmnat.exe is located in the folder C:\Windows, the security rating is 96% dangerous. The file size is 48,640 bytes. The software has no file description. Vmnat.exe is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. The program is not visible. The software starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run). The program uses ports to connect to a LAN or the Internet. The vmnat.exe file is not a Windows core file. Vmnat.exe is able to monitor applications.

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as vmnat.exe, for example Backdoor.Win32.SdBot.nhv (detected by Kaspersky), and Worm:Win32/Pushbot.gen (detected by Microsoft). Therefore, you should check the vmnat.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


User Comments

Part of VMware network drivers (pc emulation software)
  Andre   (further information)
Das ist ein Teil von VMware Workstation.
  Vampire   (further information)
It's driver for VMWare NAT
Component of VMware network drivers
  Kender   (further information)
run exe file
teil von VM-Ware
it is VMWARE Player
  couleurastas   (further information)

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of vmnat.exe: based on 9 votes with 7 user comments.
7 users think vmnat.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless.

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