What is aports.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 aports.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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Aports.exe file information

The process known as Shows all open TCP/IP and UDP ports belongs to software Active Ports by SmartLine (

Description: Aports.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The aports.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 263,680 bytes. 
The program has a visible window. The process can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. The file is not a Windows system file. Aports.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 6% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If there are any problems with aports.exe, you can uninstall Active Ports from your computer using the Control Panel applet Uninstall a Program.

Recommended: Identify aports.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as aports.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the aports.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

Monitors open TCP/UDP ports on the host
active ports monitor, not itself dangerous, but can be abused by malware to stop processes
its a download from cnet that monitors your open ports
It's a utility for scanning open ports. It's not malicious, but unless you intentionally installed it, it might indicate an intrusion.
It is a Port Monitoring tool - In the Right Hands a TOOL to detect Intrusion. But can also be put to Malicious use. If you didn't install it and Don't know what it is, then I would say it's been put there for Malicious reasons and you should remove it.
  George   (further information)
As an IT tech, I use this proggy whenever I suspect spyware aka malware on a pc. It is certenlainly not spyware! Unless you're a novice user and theres a process running under that name of course...
It is not diferent from the information supplied by common Linux utilities, like netstat and nmap, fundamental for system watch
  Marcos Chait   (further information)
Aports connects to a backdoor website and sends any information it gathers.
Very handy after cleaning up spyware/malware to check if there's anything left that connects to the outside world. Just got to know how to read the info. Not for the average n00b.
It is an excellent tool to find open ports on a pc or server. But in wrong hands it could be dangerous. For this reason Symantec has banned this software recently, hence it will be reported as a virus now!
It was part of a hack attack on my machine. I visited a website that auto downloaded at least two files (downloader and aports). Now it is on my machine, is not visible for uninstall/delete and is not removable by Norton or AVG. I can't find anything on the net telling me how to get rid of this thing!
Great to see what App's are accessing the web, and can terminate anything you think is suspicous
aports.exe filesize 263680: Wireshark shows it does not upload any data to any IP address. SoftICE shows it does not include it's own stack and that it cannot load before the OS. It is not dangerous and is useful only to IT personnel tracking down malware. It is not essential because it's operation can be duplicated by a combination of SoftICE and Wireshark. It is unlikely to be used by malware to terminate processes since there are way easier methods to do that.
  Jimbo Bigbelly  

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Summary: Average user rating of aports.exe: based on 16 votes with 13 user comments. 10 users think aports.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. 3 users suspect danger. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving aports issues

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