What is blackice.exe?

The genuine blackice.exe file is a software component of BlackICE PC Protection/Server Protection by Internet Security Systems.
A firewall released by Internet Security Systems, BlackICE prevents intruders from accessing your PC or server remotely. Internet Security Systems was acquired by IBM in 2006. Subsequently, product support for BlackICE was terminated in September of 2008.

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 blackice.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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Blackice.exe file information

The process known as Blackice or BlackICE MFC Application belongs to software Internet Security Systems, Inc. BlackICE or ISS Proventia or Proventia Desktop by Internet Security Systems (

Description: Blackice.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Blackice.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 778,240 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 1,536,346 bytes, 2,179,072 bytes or 823,296 bytes. 
There is an icon for this program on the taskbar next to the clock. The program has a visible window. It is not a Windows system file. Blackice.exe is able to monitor applications and record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 23% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In the event of any problems with blackice.exe, you can also uninstall BlackICE software via Windows Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 10/8/7).

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

Seems to run with BlackIce defender firewall
security firewall program from
    (further information)
Core Component part of Real secure desktop protector

Summary: Average user rating of blackice.exe: based on 3 votes with 3 user comments. 3 users think blackice.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application.

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Best practices for resolving blackice issues

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