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  • Properties:
  • System Process: No
  • Background Process: Yes
  • Application Process:Yes
  • Common Path:
    C:\ Program Files\ RealVNC\ WinVNC\ winvnc.exe

  • Uses Network:Yes
  • Uses Internet:Yes

The term VNC stands for Virtual Network Computing. In essence, it is a remote display system, which allows you to view a computing desktop environment. This is not only done on the machine where it is running, but from anywhere else on the net and from several varieties of reliable machine architectures as well.

WinVNC is a type of VNC server, which enables you to have your Windows desktop, viewed from any type of VNC viewer. The winvnc.exe process runs this application. Rather than creating a separate desktop, this process makes the existing desktop of the PC available remotely.

After installation, the winvnc.exe process adds a small, green version of the VNC icon to the system task bar. Right click on this icon will cause a menu to be displayed with the following options:

Properties - displays the User Properties dialog, allowing the user to change various per-user WinVNC parameters

Adds New Client - allows outgoing connections to be made from the server to any "listening" viewer.

Killing All Clients - cuts off all the clients that are currently connected from the actual server

About WinVNC displays information about the server

Close causes the serverto shutdown

The winvnc.exe process can be made to run as a kind of service. This means that the process will enable you to remotely log in, do a few works, and be able to log out once again. Through this mode, many features are changed on a per-machine rather than per user basis and administrative privileges are required on the local machine. If you wish to change the WinVNC settings when it is not visible on the taskbar, the Show User Settings from the Start Menu can be used. The Show Default Settings from the actual Administrative Tools of the WinVNC subsection of Start Menu can be used should you wish to that the default settings be changed if nobody is logged in or there is no settings that are user-specific are in use.

The VNCHooks is a special library used by the winvnc.exe file so it can be hooked into different running applications and that notification areas of the screen being changed can be retrieved. This library is able to decipher which areas will be considered for update by using the messages, which will be sent, towards the visible Windows.


This is a safe process. There is no necessity to remove this process from your system or change it in any way.