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Should I remove Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
9% remove it91% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Very good
What do people think about it?
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How common is it?
Global Rank #4,337
United States Rank #2,966
Reach 0.1226%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 34.76 days
1025.49 days >
Average installed length: 538.82 days


2.5.6005 11.92%
2.5.3055 9.60%
2.5.3054 4.35%
2.5.3051 0.46%
2.5.3046 2.94%
2.5.3041 3.52%
2.5.2019 4.35%
2.5.2018 0.54%
2.5.2017 1.57%
2.5.2014 7.04%
2.5.2011 0.17%
2.5.2010 0.21%
2.5.2006 1.41%
2.5.2001 1.28%
2.5.1025 3.93%
2.5.0217 8.73%
2.5.0212 0.08%
2.5.0196 0.04%
2.4.1012 14.98%
2.4.0202 7.49%
2.4.0196 0.08%
2.3.2016 4.01%
2.3.0254 6.54%
2.3.0185 1.08%
2.2.0140 1.12%
2.2.0136 0.46%
2.2.0133 1.28%
2.2.0128 0.83%

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Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client

What is Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client?  (from Cisco Systems)

The Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client provides remote users with secure VPN connections to the Cisco ASA 5500 Series Adaptive Security Appliance using the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) protocol and the Datagram TLS (DTLS) protocol. AnyConnect provides remote end users with the benefits of a Cisco SSL VPN client, and supports app...  Read more


Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client is a software program developed by Cisco Systems. The most common release is 2.4.1012, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. During setup, the program creates a startup registration point in Windows in order to automatically start when any user boots the PC. Upon being installed, the software adds a Windows Service which is designed to run continuously in the background. Manually stopping the service has been seen to cause the program to stop functing properly. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. A scheduled task is added to Windows Task Scheduler in order to launch the program at various scheduled times (the schedule varies depending on the version). The software is designed to connect to the Internet and adds a Windows Firewall exception in order to do so without being interfered with. The primary executable is named vpnui.exe. The setup package generally installs about 17 files and is usually about 4.49 MB (4,710,169 bytes). Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 7 (SP1) and Windows 10. While about 68% of users of Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client come from the United States, it is also popular in Germany and Canada.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.cisco.com
Help link: www.cisco.com/TAC
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Cisco\Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{0474CEF2-37AE-441D-8FDE-A1EF7EAD01B9}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 4.49 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client

Program executable:vpnui.exe
Name:Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client
VPN User Interface
Path:C:\Program Files\cisco\cisco anyconnect vpn client\vpnui.exe
Additional files:
  • vpndownloader.exe - Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client (Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client Downloader)
  • InstallHelper.exe - Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client (AnyConnect VPN Client Install Helper)
  • VACon.exe - AnyConnect VPN Client Virtual Adapter Installer
  • VACon64.exe
  • vpnagent.exe - VPN Agent Service
  • vpnapi.dll - AnyConnect VPN Client API
  • vpncli.exe - Vpn Client Command Line Interface
  • vpncommon.dll - Common
  • vpncommoncrypt.dll - CommonCrypt
  • vpnva.sys - Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client Virtual Miniport Adapter for Windows
  • vpnva64.sys
  • vpnweb.ocx - Cisco AnyConnect VPN ActiveX Control
  • libeay32.dll (by The OpenSSL Project, http://www.openssl.org/) - The OpenSSL Toolkit (OpenSSL Shared Library)
  • ssleay32.dll (by The OpenSSL Project, http://www.openssl.org/)
  • zlib1.dll - zlib (zlib data compression library)

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • vpnui.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{98F81F3A-FBF8-4460-8EE8-4F99A6D8B508}' (runs on registration).
  • vpnagent.exe runs as a service named 'vpnagent' (vpnagent) "Cisco AnyConnect VPN Agent for Windows".
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • vpnui.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'Cisco AnyConnect VPN Agent for Windows' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Cisco\Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client\vpnui.exe" -minimized.
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • vpnui.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Cisco\Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client\vpnui.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:4.11 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0002009572%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00001820%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00018276%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:44,122
8,062,084 average
I/O reads/min:30 Bytes
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:0 Bytes
105.02 KB average

How do I remove Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client?

You can uninstall Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client.

Win 7 (SP1) 75%
Win 8 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 9%
Keep it 91%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 78.50%
Windows 10 9.18%
Windows XP 6.28%
Windows Vista 5.99%
Windows Server 2003 0.04%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 30.55%
Windows 7 Professional 28.05%
Windows 7 Enterprise 11.17%
Windows 7 Ultimate 7.88%
Microsoft Windows XP 6.13%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 5.00%

Distribution by countryGeography

68.18% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 68.18%
  Germany 3.38%
  Canada 3.29%
  United Kingdom 2.73%
  France 1.93%
  India 1.66%
  Australia 1.34%
  Taiwan 1.28%
  Belgium 1.07%
  Italy 1.07%
  Netherlands 0.92%
  Norway 0.89%
  Singapore 0.83%
  Switzerland 0.68%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 39.17%
Hewlett-Packard 28.01%
Acer 7.76%
Toshiba 5.51%
Lenovo 5.32%
ASUS 5.13%
Samsung 3.01%
Intel 1.60%
Apple 0.83%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 6.52%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 4.55%
Dell Latitude E6420 4.09%
Dell Latitude E6430 2.27%
HP EliteBook 8460p 2.27%
Dell Latitude E6520 1.82%

About Cisco Systems

Cisco designs, manufactures, & sells networking equipment whose portfolio of products & services is focused on market segments, Enterprise & Service Provider, Small Business & the Home.
Publisher URL: www.cisco.com


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