What is crashreporter.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 crashreporter.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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Crashreporter.exe file information

The process known as Mozilla Firefox belongs to software Firefox or Mozilla by Mozilla Foundation (

Description: Crashreporter.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Crashreporter.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 283,304 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 185,848 bytes, 117,704 bytes, 107,480 bytes or 125,880 bytes. 
The program has a visible window. There is no file information. Crashreporter.exe is not a Windows core file. The file has a digital signature. Therefore the technical security rating is 22% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: In case of problems with crashreporter.exe, you can also uninstall Mozilla Firefox from your computer using the Control Panel applet Uninstall a Program, get help from the software vendor Mozilla or search for an update on the vendor’s website.

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If crashreporter.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder, the security rating is 50% dangerous. The file size is 283,248 bytes. The program has a visible window. It is a file with no information about its developer. The file is certified by a trustworthy company. The process is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: User Shell Folders). It is not a Windows system file.

Uninstalling this variant: In case of problems with crashreporter.exe, you can also uninstall Mozilla Corporation from your computer using the Control Panel applet Uninstall a Program or look for help on the website.

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as crashreporter.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the crashreporter.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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Best practices for resolving crashreporter issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with crashreporter. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic 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 6resmon 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 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the crashreporter.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity 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. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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