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What is cleanmgr.exe?

Cleanmgr.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 cleanmgr.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.

Cleanmgr.exe file information

The process known as Disk Space Cleanup Manager for Windows belongs to software Microsoft Windows Operating System by Microsoft (www.microsoft.com).

Description: The original cleanmgr.exe from Microsoft is an important part of Windows, but often causes problems. The file cleanmgr.exe is located in the folder C:\Windows\System32. Known file sizes on Windows 7/XP are 61,440 bytes (37% of all occurrences), 63,488 bytes, 64,000 bytes, 210,944 bytes or 62,464 bytes. http://www.file.net/process/cleanmgr.exe.html 
The cleanmgr.exe file is a Windows system file. It is a trustworthy file from Microsoft. The program has no visible window. Therefore the technical security rating is 1% dangerous, however also read the users reviews.

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Viruses with the same file name

Is cleanmgr.exe a virus? No, it is not. The true cleanmgr.exe file is a safe Microsoft Windows system process, called "Disk Space Cleanup Manager". However, writers of malware programs, such as viruses, worms, and trojans deliberately give their processes the same file name to escape detection. Viruses with the same file name are such as VirTool:Win32/VBInject.gen!DM (detected by Microsoft), and Trojan.Gen (detected by Symantec).
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How to recognize suspicious variants? If cleanmgr.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Documents and Settings", the security rating is 66% dangerous. The file size is 884,736 bytes (50% of all occurrences) or 13,179,660 bytes. The program has no visible window. The software starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run). The application uses ports to connect to a LAN or the Internet. Cleanmgr.exe is not a Windows system file. Cleanmgr.exe is able to monitor applications, record inputs and manipulate other programs.

Important: Some malware disguises itself as cleanmgr.exe, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the cleanmgr.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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  William   (further information)
Found in %windir%\system32\cleanmgr.exe

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Summary: Average user rating of cleanmgr.exe: based on 6 votes with 4 user comments.
4 users think cleanmgr.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger.

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