What is activate.exe?

The genuine activate.exe file is a software component of Activate Module by 3Com.
A software activation module from 3com, Activate.exe works in conjunction with several products from 3com to start various versions of their wireless network management software. Activate.exe starts with Windows and loads necessary dll's before starting the main interface for the given program. Founded in 1979, 3com was acquired by Hewlett-Packard in 2010 and ceased being a separate branch.

Activate stands for Activate Module

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the activate.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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Activate.exe file information

The process known as Activate Module or 7 Activation Module belongs to software Activate Module by 3Com ( or Microsoft (

Description: Activate.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Activate.exe is located in the C:\Windows folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 778,240 bytes (50% of all occurrences) or 652,259 bytes. 
The program has a visible window. The process has no file description. The program is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, User Shell Folders). The file is not a Windows core file. activate.exe appears to be a compressed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 36% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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If activate.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows, the security rating is 56% dangerous. The file size is 1,449,984 bytes. There is no information about the author of the file. Activate.exe is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The program has no visible window. The program listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. It is not a Windows system file. Activate.exe is able to monitor applications.

If activate.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 42% dangerous. The file size is 94,208 bytes. The file is not a Windows system file. The program has no visible window. Activate.exe is able to monitor applications.

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as activate.exe, for example TSPY_ZBOT.SMB (detected by TrendMicro), and VirTool:Win32/VBInject.gen!CN (detected by Microsoft). Therefore, you should check the activate.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.


User Comments

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Summary: Average user rating of activate.exe: based on 4 votes with 1 user comment. 3 users think activate.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 2 users don't grade activate.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving activate issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with activate. 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.

To help you analyze the activate.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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