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What is Cleanup.exe?

The genuine Cleanup.exe file is a software component of CleanUp by Analog Devices. Required to run only once, this application is included with any Analog Devices SoundMax integrated soundcard. After installation, cleanup.exe scans the registry for any keys or settings that are no longer necessary and removes them. Once the task is completed, cleanup.exe is no longer needed. Based in Norwood, Massachussetts, Analog Devices creates digital signal processing integrated circuits for a wide variety of devices.

Cleanup stands for Cleanup Application

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 Cleanup.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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Cleanup.exe file information

The process known as Removes temporary files. Frees disk space and helps protect privacy! :-) or Application cleanup belongs to software adi CleanUp or Windows CleanUp or Application cleanup by adi (www.soundmax.com) or Steven R. Gould (www.stevengould.org).

Description: Cleanup.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The Cleanup.exe file is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/XP are 45,056 bytes (90% of all occurrences) or 126,976 bytes. http://www.file.net/process/cleanup.exe.html 
The program has a visible window. The file is not a Windows system file. The software is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\RunOnce, MACHINE\Run, RunOnce). Therefore the technical security rating is 25% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Recommended: Identify Cleanup.exe related errors

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Important: Some malware disguises itself as Cleanup.exe, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the Cleanup.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.

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User Comments

The CleanUp! Programme that clears your computer of temporary files, a utility that should be run now and again
  Quantum  
clean temp files
  angela  
task manager showed 2 instances running as C:\documents and settings\local settings\temp\~e5d141.tmp
  doc_iggy  
There is a file by that name included with any Soundmax drivers
   
Unkillable process, tries persistently to kill McAfee VirusScan Enterprise! Located in "C:\Documents and Settings\[User]\Local Settings\Temp". The process seems to have been started when trying to uninstall Epson Ink Monitor. Why would a legitimate program refuse to be killed and try to shut down virus protection?
   
lentitud de pc
  adrian garcia juarez  
it has worked well for me
   
It does same as MS delete temps plus more in less clicks, been using it for 10 yrs and I rate it 100% and im a tech
  Dawma   (further information)
typical msn virus
  Cugi   (further information)
I was using it but accidentally uninstaled it
  Regino Urquidez  
Cleanup is very useful and important software
  Deepak Raj Saxena  
siebel software download
  Balu  

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Summary: Average user rating of Cleanup.exe: based on 10 votes with 12 user comments. 6 users think Cleanup.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. One user thinks Cleanup.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it. 2 users don't grade Cleanup.exe ("not sure about it").


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Best practices for resolving Cleanup issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with Cleanup. 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 doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, 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 Cleanup.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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