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What is vmware-authd.exe?

Part of VMware Workstation by VMware

What is it?

VMware Authorization Service for VMware Workstation is a hypervisor that enables users to set up multiple virtual machines (VMs) and use them simultaneously along with the actual machine. Each virtual machine can execute its own operating system, such as Microsoft Windows. VMware Workstation allows one physical machine to run multiple operating systems simultaneously.
Description of vmware-authd.exe from VMware
VMware Workstation provides a seamless way to access all of the virtual machines you need, regardless of where they are running. Remotely connect to virtual machines running on VMware vSphere, ESXi or another copy of VMware Workstation. Workstation’s web interface lets you access local and server hosted virtual machines from your PC, smart phone, tablet or any device with a modern browser.
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How does vmware-authd.exe run?

Service - vmware-authd.exe runs as a background Windows service (VMAuthdService). This service runs as the SYSTEM account with extensive privileges on the local computer, and acts as the computer on the network.

How does vmware-authd.exe start?

VMware Workstation is loaded by:


What is the community is seeing?What is the community is doing?
About 0.5% of all Boost users have the vmware-authd.exe process running.Of the 0.5% of vmware-authd.exe users, 10.0% have disabled it.
How resource intensive is vmware-authd.exe?
Comparison based on the average resource utilization across all programs.
0.00005% CPU450.4%
Average CPU utilization across all programs is 0.00001%.
          4.41 MB RAM20.5%
Average private memory utilization across all programs is 21.53 MB.
 2 /min0.1%
Average I/O read and write operations for all programs is 2,253 per minute.
Typical file (disk image) location:
C:\Program Files\vmware\vmware workstation\vmware-authd.exe

Are there other versions of VMware Workstation?

What modules are loaded?

A module is a dynamic link library (DLL) or an executable file that is loaded into the process. Below is a list of non-system modules that are loaded by VMware Workstation.

What else is related?

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Windows 8 Pro (6.2.9200.0)

About VMware, Inc.

VMware, Inc. provides virtualization solutions. Its virtualization platform products include Player that enables individuals to run virtual machines on their de More...
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File details

File name: vmware-authd.exe
Publisher: VMware, Inc.
Name: VMware Workstation
Description: VMware Authorization Service
Version: 8.0.1 build-528992
Size: 78 KB
Original file name: vmware-authd.exe

Resource utilization

CPU utilization averages
Total CPU: 0.0000568923%
Privileged CPU: 0.0000118501%
User CPU: 0.00004504219011%
Privileged CPU time: 1201.21 ms
Privileged CPU time /min: 0 ms
CPU cycle count: 2,050,985,602
CPU cycle count /min: 30,095,211
Memory utilization averages
Committed memory: 87.88 MB
Peak committed memory: 92.18 MB
Paged memory: 4.41 MB
Peak paged memory: 4.84 MB
Paged system memory: 156.49 KB
Non-paged system memory: 16.63 KB
Working set memory: 2.54 MB
Peak working set memory: 9.3 MB
Min working set memory: 1.7 MB
Private memory: 4.41 MB
Page faults: 80,509
Page faults /min: 11
Process I/O averages
Total read operations: 12
Read operations /min: 1
Total read transfer: 132.92 KB
Read transfer /min: 19 Bytes
Total write operations: 21
Write operations /min: 1
Total write transfer: 2.67 KB
Write transfer /min: 0 Bytes
Total other operations: 31,960
Other operations /min: 5
Total other transfer: 1.74 MB
Other Transfer /min: 258 Bytes
Handle count average: 237
Thread count average: 7
Thread resource averages

Process details

Runs as (owner): System
Integrety level: System
Windows platform: 64-bit
Runs as a service: Yes
Parent Process
Process Command
"C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Workstation\vmware-authd.exe"

Service details

Name: VMAuthdService

Network connectivity

TCP: localhost on port 912
Windows Firewall allowed program: Yes

Image hashes

MD5: 16073f2bc424558ebd277a15188d329e
SHA-1: d9a381043fdd12848fbfa3808ab1438ba3398bf2
SHA-256: a6ff88a52e25b865362a9621ea658f2e5b0481f3e510c4bf938b81ff785dd808

PE image details

Subsystem: Windows Console
Langauge*: Microsoft Visual C++ 9.0
File entropy: 5.37663
File packed: No
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