What is attrib.exe?

The genuine attrib.exe file is a software component of Microsoft Windows Operating System by Microsoft.
An early DOS command, this process displays all of the attributes associated with listed files in the Windows command prompt. This process has been included in every single release of the Windows Operating Systems. Founded in 1975, Microsoft's flagship product is the Windows operating system, which is installed on over 90% of workstations worldwide.

Attrib stands for Attribute Utility

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 attrib.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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Attrib.exe file information

The process known as Attribute Utility belongs to software Microsoft Windows Operating System by Microsoft (

Description: Attrib.exe is an important part of Windows, but often causes problems. Attrib.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows. The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 18,944 bytes. 
Attrib.exe is a Windows system file. The file is a Microsoft signed file. The program is not visible. Therefore the technical security rating is 2% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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If attrib.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder, the security rating is 54% dangerous. The file size is 12,288 bytes. The file is a Windows core system file. The program has no visible window. It is a trustworthy file from Microsoft. The program is a hidden stealth process.

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

I couldn't find the file. It's hidden so it's not safe.
at every session a look-like alert tells on my screen:our pc misses "windows/attrib.exe " , type it on search module .but I click on close-cross for I have many virus attacks.

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Summary: Average user rating of attrib.exe: based on 8 votes with 2 user comments. 2 users think attrib.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. 3 users suspect danger. One user thinks attrib.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving attrib issues

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