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Should I remove VMware vCenter Protect Agent?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
6% remove it94% keep it
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8.0.3965.1 40.00%
8.0.3863.0 20.00%
8.0.3825.0 40.00%

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VMware vCenter Protect Agent

What is VMware vCenter Protect Agent?  (from VMware)

VMware vCenter Protect Agent is an agent service. The agents configured by VMware vCenter Protect Agent are distributed agents, meaning they are installed on physically distinct machines and have the ability to independently initiate specific actions. They are configured via the VMware vCenter Protect interface and the...  Read more


VMware vCenter Protect Agent is a software program developed by VMware. The most common release is 8.0.3965.1, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. 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. The setup package generally installs about 19 files and is usually about 16.49 MB (17,295,374 bytes). The installed file STAgentUpdater.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. Relative to the overall usage of those who have this installed, most are running it on Windows 7 (SP1). Most users that have installed this software come from the United States.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.shavlik.com
Help link: www.shavlik.com/support/default.aspx
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\VMware\vCenter Protect Agent\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{E7CB8645-E8BF-4B6B-B36C-6F4F20EB2D34}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 16.49 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by VMware vCenter Protect Agent

  • STAgent.exe - VMware vCenter Protect (ST Agent)
  • STAgentFramework.dll - ST Agent Framework Library
  • STAgentManagement.exe - STAgent Management
  • STAgentUI.exe - Agent UI
  • STAgentUILoc.dll - STAgent UI resources
  • STAgentUpdater.exe - Agent Framework Updater
  • STScheduler.dll - ST Scheduler Library
  • SafeReboot.exe - VMware vCenter (Safe Reboot Application)
  • STCore.dll - STCore Dynamic Link Library
  • STServiceModel.dll - STServiceModel Dynamic Link Library
  • STServiceProcess.dll - STServiceProcess Dynamic Link Library
  • 7z.dll (by Igor Pavlov) - 7-Zip (7z Standalone Plugin)

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

  • STAgent.exe runs as a service named 'VMware vCenter Protect Agent' (STAgent) "Provides network services for VMware vCenter Protect Agent components".

How do I remove VMware vCenter Protect Agent?

You can uninstall VMware vCenter Protect Agent 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 VMware vCenter Protect Agent, 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 VMware vCenter Protect Agent.

Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
Uninstall it 6%
Keep it 94%
Windows 7 (SP1)

Distribution by countryGeography

100.00% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 100.00%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 60.00%
Dell 40.00%
Common models
HP Compaq Elite 8300 SFF 40.00%
HP ENVY 17 Notebook PC 20.00%
Dell Latitude E6420 20.00%
Dell Dell System XPS L3... 20.00%

About VMware

VMware provides virtualization platform products that include a player that enables users to run virtual machines on their desktops as well as Workstation for software developers and IT professionals, Server, which enables virtual partitioning of a server, Virtual SMP that enables a virtual machine to use four physical processors simultaneously and VMFS, which allows multiple ESX Servers to share block-based storage.
Publisher URL: www.vmware.com


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