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Should I remove Cisco Systems VPN Client?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
4% remove it96% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Very good
What do people think about it?
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How common is it?
Global Rank #14,961
United States Rank #35,363
Reach 0.0187%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 303.90 days
974.43 days >
Average installed length: 511.99 days


5.0.7 87.53%
5.0.6 10.57%
5.0.1 0.54%
4.8.1 0.81%
4.0 0.54%

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Cisco Systems VPN Client

What is Cisco Systems VPN Client?

Cisco SVC provides end users who run Microsoft Windows XP or Windows 2000 with the benefits of a Cisco IPsec VPN Client without the administrative overhead required to install and configure an IPsec client. Cisco SVC supports applications and functions unavailable to a standard WebVPN connection.


The most common release is 5.0.7, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. It adds registry entry for the current user which will allow the program to automatically start each time it is rebooted. 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 vpngui.exe. The setup package generally installs about 19 files and is usually about 9.75 MB (10,220,741 bytes). The installed file autoupdate.exe is the auto-update component of the program which is designed to check for software updates and notify and apply them when new versions are discovered.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.cisco.com
Help link: www.cisco.com/TAC
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Cisco Systems\VPN Client\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{467D5E81-8349-4892-9E81-C3674ED8E451}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 9.75 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Cisco Systems VPN Client

Program executable:vpngui.exe
Name:Cisco Systems VPN Client
Path:C:\Program Files\cisco systems\vpn client\vpngui.exe
Additional files:
  • cvpnd.exe - Cisco Systems VPN Client
  • ipsecdialer.exe
  • SetMTU.exe - Set MTU
  • VAInstaller.exe - Cisco Systems Virtual Adapter Installer
  • autoinstall.exe
  • autoinstallgui.exe
  • autoupdate.exe
  • ipseclog.exe
  • ppptool.exe
  • vpnclient.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Scheduled Tasks
  • ipsecdialer.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{63324E12-1D0E-41D7-B375-9D094297C142}' (runs on registration).
  • vpngui.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{FF6527DA-FE30-4B51-ABC8-1A4BC8722826}' (runs on registration).
  • cvpnd.exe runs as a service named 'Cisco Systems, Inc. VPN Service' (CVPND).
Startup File (User Run)
  • ipsecdialer.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'Cisco Systems VPN Client' and executes as C:\Program Files\Cisco Systems\VPN Client\ipsecdialer.exe.
3 Windows Firewall Allowed Programs
  • vpngui.exe is added as a firewall exception for '%PROGRAMFILES(X86)%\Cisco Systems\VPN Client\VPNGUI.exC:*:enableC:Cisco x86'.
  • cvpnd.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Cisco Systems\VPN Client\cvpnd.exe'.
  • ipsecdialer.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Cisco Systems\VPN Client\ipsecdialer.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:3.92 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0005990161%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00022671%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00037231%
0.015104% average
70 average
Memory:5.52 MB
Total CPU:0.0008277208%
Kernel CPU:0.00058409%
User CPU:0.00024363%

How do I remove Cisco Systems VPN Client?

You can uninstall Cisco Systems 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 Systems 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 Systems VPN Client.

Win 7 (SP1) 68%
Win XP 0%
Auto-starting? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 4%
Keep it 96%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 72.36%
Windows 10 19.78%
Windows XP 5.42%
Windows Vista 2.44%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Professional 44.41%
Windows 7 Home Premium 17.17%
Windows 8.1 Pro 7.63%
Windows 7 Enterprise 6.27%
Microsoft Windows XP 5.18%
Windows 7 Ultimate 4.09%

Distribution by countryGeography

45.88% of installs come from France
Which countries install it?
  France 45.88%
  Japan 12.91%
  Canada 10.16%
  United States 8.52%
  Belgium 5.49%
  MA 4.40%
  Switzerland 2.47%
  TN 1.37%
  DZ 1.37%
  Spain 1.37%
  Germany 1.37%
  SN 0.55%
  Brazil 0.27%
  Qatar 0.27%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 42.56%
Hewlett-Packard 26.03%
ASUS 8.68%
Toshiba 6.61%
Acer 4.96%
Lenovo 2.89%
Sony 1.65%
Alienware 1.24%
Apple 1.24%
Intel 1.24%
Samsung 0.83%
Common models
Dell Latitude E5520 3.14%
HP EliteBook 8570p 3.14%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 2.52%
Dell Latitude E6410 2.52%
Dell Latitude E7240 2.52%

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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