What is autorun.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 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.

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Autorun.exe file information

The process known as AutoPlay Application or ams60_runtime or Autorun Application or Donate or Game Menu or EVGA Graphics Card Drivers

belongs to software Windows Updater or AutoPlay Media Studio Runtime or EeeSplendid or Autorun Application or Call of Duty (version 4 - Modern Warfare(TM)) or AutoPlay Media Studio (version 6.0 Runtime) or Command Modern Air Naval Operations or EVGA GTX (version 590)

by Microsoft ( or Firaxis Games or Activision or Matrix Publishing or EVGA (

Description: Autorun.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Autorun.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 2,404,352 bytes (47% of all occurrences), 2,400,256 bytes and 9 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 46% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: Some malware also uses the file name autorun.exe, for example PWS-Steam.b (detected by McAfee), and Win32:VB-NWG (detected by Avast). 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.


User Comments

This file belongs to Able Auto Run; a program to help you create an auto run CD.
I have two autoruns, the autorun made by Microsoft for executing CDs and DVDs and another. The other is located in my Temp folder and about every half hour pops up a message saying, "On Click, Line 1: unexpected symbol near ' '. It looks as if it isn't important so I deleted it.
it's a file from Soltek installation CD, it's not needed and it's not dangerous
It's a worm that spreads to your executable disks. When you open your disk it will start a process that cannot be stopped.
autorun inf usb on to open autorun file
Nachdem mein PC nacch einem Absturz von einem Fachmann repariert wurde, kann ich nun nicht mehr "DieSiedler" spielen, es kommt immer die Fehlermeldung it autorun.exe. Unter anderem erschint diesesPrgramm nah zeigge nbher f├╝Drcer ect
AutoPlay Media Studio 5.0 Professional Edition Runtime
I have one listed in file properties Auto Play Media Studion6.0 Also a Autorun CD creator ??? It is located in the systems User and Guest Temp Folder and rehabilites itself upon each boot creating a new folder on each boot. It cannot be removed in most common fashions. Still working on the issue ??
  T.York Central Texas  
Are you referring to the ''Autorun.exe" file(s) in the Soltek Mainboard Driver User's Guide Tech Reference disc? This is an old disc from an old problematic computer unit. I tried to back up the entire disc on my hard drive today when Norton Antivirus warned me that the ''Autorun.exe'' file(s) contain the ''Backdoor.EggDrop'' trojan which allows hackers to gain access. First of all, I can't believe that a genuine installer disc could contain such things. Second, I researched on Soltek's blunder and couldn't find much (except for this feed). Seems that Soltek managed to keep this quiet.
  god of entropy  
nothing AVG sent autorun.exe I ran sent showed no infections
its a virus
idiotic virus ... taken all the information i had it in my memory card... i dont even have a backup
it's a file from Soltek installation CD, it's not needed and it's not dangerous

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of autorun.exe: based on 22 votes with 13 user comments. 7 users think autorun.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 4 users think it's probably harmless. 3 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 3 users suspect danger. 5 users think autorun.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 5 users don't grade autorun.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving autorun issues

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 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic 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 6resmon 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 7DISM.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: ASecurity 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. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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