Most antivirus programs identify 1.exe as malware—for instance F-Secure identifies it as Gen:Heur.MSIL.Krypt.3 or Suspicious:W32/Malware!Online, and Kaspersky identifies it as Virus.Win32.Virut.ce or Trojan.Win32.Agent.alqhv.
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Description: 1.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The 1.exe file is located in C:\.
Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 180,224 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 125,456 bytes or 20,480 bytes.
The software has no file description. The program is not visible. The file is not a Windows core file. 1.exe appears to be a compressed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 43% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.
Recommended: Identify 1.exe related errors
Important: You should check the 1.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.
The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: ASecurity Task Manager examines the active 1 process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known Banti-malware tool tells you if the 1.exe on your computer displays annoying ads, slowing it down. This type of unwanted adware program is not considered by some antivirus software to be a virus and is therefore not marked for cleanup.
A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding PC trouble. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.
Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the 6resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.