What is Alert.exe?

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 Alert.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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Alert.exe file information

The process known as Alert Notification Server belongs to software Alert Service or PC Tools Registry Mechanic by Computer Associates International ( or Guidance Software (

Description: Alert.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Alert.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 192,574 bytes. 
The program has no visible window. The file is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 42% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

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If Alert.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder, the security rating is 80% dangerous. The file size is 462,848 bytes. There is no description of the program. The program is not visible. Alert.exe is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. It is not a Windows system file. The program listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. Alert.exe is able to monitor applications.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as Alert.exe. Therefore, you should check the Alert.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

This exe is part of the Remedy Action Request System software (a BMC company) and runs on the system tray. With this running, whenever a Remedy ticket is assigned to the user, a pop-up window will appear providing a visual alert.
Alert.exe is installed with Spyware Doctor software. It uses a lot of CPU slowing your computer down. Uninstall Spyware Doctor (PC Tools) or delete Alert.exe from whichever Program Files folder (PC Tools, etc.) it is installed in.

Summary: Average user rating of Alert.exe: based on 2 votes with 2 user comments. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving Alert issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with Alert. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic 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 resmon 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 DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the Alert.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security 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. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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