What is AppHelper.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 AppHelper.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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AppHelper.exe file information

The process known as AppHelper Microsoft appears to belong to software AppHelper by unknown.

Description: AppHelper.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. AppHelper.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 167,936 bytes (69% of all occurrences) or 172,032 bytes. 
There is no description of the program. The file is not a Windows core file. The program starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The program has no visible window. AppHelper.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 72% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: Some malware also uses the file name AppHelper.exe, for example Trojan Horse or Downloader (detected by Symantec), and ADW_HIDEBAID or TROJ_FRS.BMA000CJ15 (detected by TrendMicro). Therefore, you should check the AppHelper.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

DO NOT DOWNLOAD ANY SOFTWARE, this you have to do alone. Follow my manual
  Rudolf Libal   (further information)

Summary: Average user rating of AppHelper.exe: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user thinks AppHelper.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving AppHelper issues

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