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What is checker.exe?

Checker.exe is a executable file (a program) within Windows. The filename extension .exe denotes an executable file. You should only run executable files from publishers you trust, because executable files can potentially change your computer settings or harm your computer. The free file information forum can help you determine if checker.exe is a virus, trojan, spyware, or adware that you can remove, or a file belonging to a Windows system or to an application you can trust.

Checker.exe file information

The process known as checker.exe belongs to software WashAndGo or Microsoft Hardware Shared Component or HijackThis or AnyDVD by Microsoft (www.microsoft.com).

Description: Checker.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. checker.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 7/XP are 71,680 bytes (85% of all occurrences), 332,800 bytes or 695,112 bytes. http://www.file.net/process/checker.exe.html 
The program has a visible window. The program has no file description. The program starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Runonce). The checker.exe file is not a Windows system file. Therefore the technical security rating is 34% dangerous, however also read the users reviews.
You can remove the entire program WashAndGo or HijackThis using Windows Control Panel.

Recommended: Identify checker.exe related errors

If checker.exe is located in a subfolder of Windows Temp folder, the security rating is 56% dangerous. The file size is 1,412,424 bytes. The program has no file description. The program is not visible. The checker.exe file is not a Windows core file.

External information from Paul Collins:

  • "WashAndGo - Cleanup of old Backupfiles" can run at start up. WashAndGo - temp file cleaner

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as checker.exe, particularly when located in the c:\windows or c:\windows\system32 folder, for example WS.Reputation.1 (detected by Symantec), and Gen:Variant.Symmi.21554 (detected by BitDefender). Therefore, you should check the checker.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

gehört zu Abelsoft Purgatio Pro
  pan_fee   (further information)
It seems to belong to a testversion of Washandgo and counts the number of times Washandgo is used
Seems to be installed as part of the XBox Controller for Windows software.
One version of Checker.exe belongs to Microsoft Xbox 360 Accessories and runs at startup as part of the Xbox 360 controller drivers.
It seemed to start giving me issues after downloading an application, may or may not have been a virus.
Not a thing. it runs in the background and uses 90-100% of my gpu, it starts when pc is idle.

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of checker.exe: based on 7 votes with 6 user comments.
3 users think checker.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 3 users suspect danger. 2 users don't grade checker.exe ("not sure about it").

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