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 autorun.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.
The process known as AntiVirus (version 2007 Pro) or AutoPlay Application or ams60_runtime or Autorun Application or Anti rapidshare or Monolith HTML AutoRun or Donate or Doom for Windows (version 95 Autorun app)
belongs to software Windows Updater or Anvivirus Application or AutoPlay Media Studio (version 6.0 Runtime, 5.0 Professional Editon Runtime) or Doom95 or EeeSplendid or Autorun Application or Call of Duty (version 4 - Modern Warfare(TM)) or Monolith HTML AutoRun
by Microsoft (www.microsoft.com) or Microsoft Co (www.microsoft.com) or Firaxis Games or Xaos-inc.com or emme Technique or Monolith Productions or Activision or id Software.
Description: Autorun.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Autorun.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Documents and Settings".
Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/XP are 2,404,352 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 7,680 bytes and 20 more variants.
Autorun.exe is not a Windows core file. There is no description of the program. The program is not visible. Autorun.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 45% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.
Recommended: Identify autorun.exe related errors
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Important: Some malware also uses the file name autorun.exe, for example FakeAlert-B (detected by McAfee), and W32.Versie.A or Backdoor.EggDrop (detected by Symantec). Therefore, you should check the autorun.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.
A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with autorun. 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 doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, 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 autorun.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.