What is Boot.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 Boot.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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Boot.exe file information

The process known as taskmgr belongs to software Acer Empowering Technology or Acer ePower Management or Microsoft Windows Operating System by Microsoft (

Description: Boot.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The Boot.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 579,584 bytes (64% of all occurrences) or 6,656 bytes. 
The program has a visible window. The software has no file description. The process starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, User Shell Folders, win.ini, Run, DEFAULT\User Shell Folders, Winlogon\Shell). It is not a Windows system file. Boot.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 35% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: It is possible to do the following:
  1) remove the entire program Acer Empowering Technology or Acer ePower Management using Windows Control Panel
  2) search for help on the company's website.

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

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  Nyunt Zaw Oo  
boot.exe is a common name for the executable that is run in removable media (like a USB thumbdrive or USB 'memory stick'). This executable is automatically executed when you insert the stick or card or whatever your removable media is.

Summary: Average user rating of Boot.exe: based on 5 votes with 2 user comments. 3 users think Boot.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user thinks Boot.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving Boot issues

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