What is ali.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 ali.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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Ali.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with ali
Ali.exe process in Windows Task Manager

Little is known about the ali.exe process, since there is no reference to the producer within the file.

Description: Ali.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Ali.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 86,528 bytes (66% of all occurrences), 154,112 bytes or 275,922 bytes. 
The file is a file with no information about its developer. The software starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, MACHINE\RunOnce, Run). The ali.exe file is not a Windows system file. Ali.exe is able to monitor applications and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 76% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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If ali.exe is located in the C:\Windows folder, the security rating is 65% dangerous. The file size is 16,896 bytes. There is no information about the author of the file. The program starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, MACHINE\RunOnce, Run). It is not a Windows core file. It is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The program has no visible window.

Important: Some malware also uses the file name ali.exe, for example W32.Saros@mm or Trojan.Gen (detected by Symantec), and or Trojan-Downloader.Win32.VB.aezu (detected by Kaspersky). Therefore, you should check the ali.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 is a Trojan/Worm - as identified by Symantec
  Richard   (further information)
Backdoor.Win32.Trup.a [Kaspersky]

Summary: Average user rating of ali.exe: based on 3 votes with 2 user comments. One user suspects danger. 2 users think ali.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it.

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Best practices for resolving ali issues

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