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Should I remove VAIO Gate?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
9% remove it91% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #867
United States Rank #3,244
Reach 0.7913%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 9.66 days
285.01 days >
Average installed length: 149.75 days


VersionDistribution 8.43% 0.47% 15.93% 0.53% 17.31% 16.70% 7.53% 12.95% 1.85% 0.53% 6.75% 0.01% 2.18% 0.35% 5.08% 0.01% 0.10% 0.13% 3.17%

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What is VAIO Gate?  (from Sony)

VAIO Gate offers fast and easy access to favourite multimedia programs and entertainment. This gateway is always there as a visually attractive bar at the top of your desktop and keeps track of your most popular programs and media. Fully integrated onto your desktop for quick access with large icons. Simple and easy to...  Read more


VAIO Gate is a program developed by Sony. The most used version is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. Upon installation, it defines an auto-start registry entry which allows the program run on each boot for the user which installed it. 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 programs's main executable is vaio gate.exe and has been seen to consume an average CPU of less than one percent, and utilizes about 19.31 MB of memory. The software installer includes 10 files and is usually about 18.25 MB (19,136,844 bytes). In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows 7 (SP1) as well as Windows 10. While about 13% of users of VAIO Gate come from the United States, it is also popular in United Kingdom and Germany.

VAIO Gate is pre-installed on the PC

Such software is installed by the manufacture when delivering the PC to the end user. Some pre-installed programs are considered bloatware as they are simply limited function trials, while others are required for proper PC operation.
Note: This program has often been considered as bloatware by some users as it is bundled on various manufacturer's new PCs. (Because this might be considered bloatware does not mean the software is bad or harmful, if you use it regularly its worthwhile to have. However, bloatware typically means the program is optional and was simply pre-installed but is not required and can be removed.) Some quick tips to be aware of:
  • It is usually licensed for use only on the Sony PC on which it was pre-installed.
  • It sometimes difficult for users to remove via the 'Uninstall a Program' feature in Windows.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: esupport.sony.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Sony\VAIO Gate
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\InstallShield Installation Information\{A7C30414-2382-4086-B0D6-01A88ABA21C3}\setup.exe" -runfromtemp -l0x0009 -removeonly
Estimated size: 18.25 MB
Language: Portuguese (Brazil)

Program filesFiles installed by VAIO Gate

Program executable:vaio gate.exe
Name:VAIO Gate
Path:C:\Program Files\sony\vaio gate\vaio gate.exe
Additional files:
  • VAIOGateDesktopShellExt.dll - VAIOGateDesktopShellExt
  • VAIOGateNotifications.dll - VAIOGateNotifications
  • NotificationWrapper.dll - NotificationWrapper
  • VAIOGateShellExt.dll - VAIOGateShellExt
  • TapTrigger.dll - TapTrigger
  • ExecutionProxy.exe - VAIO Gate
  • MouseHook.dll - MouseHook
  • VGDam.dll
  • VGNet.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Scheduled Tasks
  • VAIO Gate.exe is scheduled as a task named 'VAIO Gate Restart' (runs on registration).
  • ExecutionProxy.exe is scheduled as a task named 'StartExecuteProxy' (runs on boot).
2 Scheduled Tasks (Boot/Login)
  • VAIO Gate.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named VAIO Gate.
  • ExecutionProxy.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named StartExecuteProxy.
Startup File (User Run)
  • VAIO Gate.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'VAIO Gate' and executes as C:\Program Files\Sony\VAIO Gate\VAIO Gate.exe.
Startup File (User Run Once)
  • VAIO Gate.exe is loaded once in the current user (HKCU) registry as a startup file name 'Application Restart #2' which loads as C:\Program Files\Sony\VAIO Gate\VAIO Gate.exe /AutoStart /RestartByRestartManageC:E6048F54-A485-4117-8A5F-EA8452D290F6.
Network connections
  • VAIO Gate.exe connects to ec2-79-125-123-54.eu-west-1.compute.amazonaws.com ( port 80).
  • VAIO Gate.exe connects to (port 80).

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

vaio gate.exe
Memory:19.31 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0189583098%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.01011113%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00884718%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:2,342,847
8,062,084 average
70 average
I/O reads/min:288 Bytes
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:83 Bytes
105.02 KB average

How do I remove VAIO Gate?

You can uninstall VAIO Gate 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 VAIO Gate, 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 VAIO Gate.

Win 7 (SP1) 59%
Win 7 0%
Auto-starting? Yes
(Found in the run registry)

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 66.18%
Windows 10 33.73%
Windows XP 0.08%
Windows Vista 0.01%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 48.92%
Windows 8.1 9.72%
Windows 10 Home 8.28%
Windows 7 Professional 6.82%
Windows 7 Home Basic 6.05%
Windows 8 5.49%

Distribution by countryGeography

12.92% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 12.92%
  United Kingdom 10.52%
  Germany 10.18%
  Italy 8.47%
  France 5.23%
  India 5.02%
  Brazil 3.63%
  Spain 2.72%
  Canada 2.68%
  Netherlands 2.31%
  Japan 2.19%
  Belgium 2.06%
  Australia 1.70%
  Mexico 1.56%

About Sony

Sony is a leading manufacturer of electronics products for the consumer markets and is the electronics business unit and the parent company of the Sony Group.
Publisher URL: www.sony.com

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Anonymousover a year ago
This software sucks, without my permision, taken off the RETRO interface! and other windows 8 default system operating dehaviors. shit they think they are more smart than us? recomend uninstall it before first run.