What is BackgroundTransferHost.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 BackgroundTransferHost.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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BackgroundTransferHost.exe file information

The process known as Download/Upload Host belongs to software Microsoft Windows Operating System by Microsoft (

Description: BackgroundTransferHost.exe is an important part of Windows, but often causes problems. The BackgroundTransferHost.exe file is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 35,328 bytes (62% of all occurrences), 34,304 bytes, 29,184 bytes or 34,816 bytes. 
BackgroundTransferHost.exe is a Windows core system file. BackgroundTransferHost.exe is a Microsoft signed file. The program is not visible. BackgroundTransferHost.exe appears to be a compressed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 2% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as BackgroundTransferHost.exe. Therefore, you should check the BackgroundTransferHost.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

Ein Dreckiger Virus
Hallo, also mein Problem ist ganz einfach. Ich habe einen schwachen Internetzugang und surfe im Schnitt nur mit 250kb im Netz und wenn dann diese Datei sich aktiviert bremst sie mein surfen total. Ich halte sie dann im Systemmonitor an, aber das ist dann nur kurzfristig sie kommt immer wieder. Ich möchte eigentlich nur wissen ob und wie ich diese Datei aus meinem Compi entferne.Ich sehe in keiner Datei oder Programm etwas gutes welches ohne mein Wissen sich aktiviert.

Summary: Average user rating of BackgroundTransferHost.exe: based on 1 vote with 2 user comments. One user thinks BackgroundTransferHost.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving BackgroundTransferHost issues

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