What is collector.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 collector.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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Collector.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with collector
Collector.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as collector Application belongs to software LANDesk Software or Tera Term or LANDESK Software or Intel® Active System Console by LANDesk Software ( or LANDesk Software, Inc. and its affiliates or LANDESK Software, Inc. and its affiliates or Avocent (

Description: Collector.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Collector.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 237,568 bytes (38% of all occurrences), 262,144 bytes and 6 more variants. 
Collector.exe is not a Windows system file. The program is not visible. The software uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. Collector.exe is able to monitor applications and record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 57% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You can completely remove Tera Term or Intel® Active System Console (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

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

collector.exe is a process that works under the Microsoft Application Compatibility Analyzer. This program is designed to analyze and resolve compatibility issues between programs that are installed on a Windows-run computer but may have issues with other programs. collector.exe is meant to help streamline the process and aid in the resolution of program conflict.

Summary: Average user rating of collector.exe: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user thinks collector.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application.

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Best practices for resolving collector issues

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