"vds.exe" Process on Windows 7

Q

What is the "vds.exe" process on windows 7? Is the "vds.exe" process a virus? Can I terminate the "vds.exe" process?

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A

"vds.exe" process represents "Virtual Disk Service" program. "vds.exe" process is created by the service: "Virtual Disk Service".

"vds.exe" process is normally running under the parent process "services" as shown in the process tree below:

Boot
   wininit
      services
         vds

On the Processes tab of "Task Manager", "vds.exe" process may be listed as:

Image Name                 Memory   Description
--------------------   ----------   -----------
vds.exe                   5,424 K   Virtual Disk Service

Additional information about "vds.exe" process:

Command line:
   C:\windows\System32\vds.exe

Programe file information:
   Name: vds.exe
   Location: C:\windows\System32\vds.exe
   Description: Virtual Disk Service
   Version: 6.1.7600.16385 (win7_rtm.090713-1255)
   Size: 533504 bytes
   Last modified: 11/20/2010 10:23:51 PM
   Company Name: Microsoft Corporation
   
Some data files used:
C:\Windows\System32
C:\Windows\System32\en-US\vds.exe.mui
C:\Windows\System32\en-US\ulib.dll.mui

Some registry keys used:
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options
HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\Nls\Sorting\Versions
HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\SESSION MANAGER
HKU\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\International
HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\Nls\Locale
HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\Nls\Locale\Alternate Sorts
HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\Nls\Language Groups

Some DLL libraries used:
C:\windows\SYSTEM32\ntdll.dll
C:\windows\system32\kernel32.dll
C:\windows\system32\KERNELBASE.dll
C:\windows\system32\USER32.dll
C:\windows\system32\GDI32.dll
C:\windows\system32\LPK.dll
C:\windows\system32\USP10.dll
C:\windows\system32\msvcrt.dll
C:\windows\System32\ATL.DLL
C:\windows\SYSTEM32\sechost.dll

"vds.exe" process is not a virus. You should not terminate "vds.exe" process.

 

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