What is cscript.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 cscript.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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Cscript.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with cscript
Cscript.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Microsoft ® Console Based Script Host or Microsoft R Console Based Script Host belongs to software Microsoft Windows Script Host or Microsoft R Windows Script Host by Microsoft (

Description: Cscript.exe is an important part of Windows, but often causes problems. The file cscript.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 126,976 bytes (77% of all occurrences), 135,168 bytes or 139,264 bytes. 
Cscript.exe is a Windows core system file. Cscript.exe is a Microsoft signed file. The program is not visible. Therefore the technical security rating is 1% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

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

Die Datei befindet sich bei mir an den Orten: C:\Windows\System32; C:\Windows\winsxs\x86_microsoft-windows-scripting_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.16385_none_483ea93961ad86ec. Der Rechner ist aber definitv sauber. Daher kann ich Ihren 'Hinweis' nicht nachvollziehen, insbesondere, weil er auch der Charakteristik 'Unterordner von C:\Windows widerspricht.
I had 7 of such files on my Vista Business SP 2 partition. One was in c:\Windows\System32 (132 KB). The other six were in c:\Windows\winsxs, each of them in a separate folder like c:\Windows\winsxs\x86_microsoft-windows-scripting_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6001.18000_none_486853160059f17b. (One had 136 KB, the others 132 KB.) I suspected these 6 script.exe-files of being spyware and responsible for opening Firefox (31.0) tabs after restarting the program. Every time I opened or restarted Firefox six sites were opening: anonymox downloadhelper ebaysidebar mywot reloadevery reminderfox. The files were not recognized by avast! Free Antivirus and Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. I couldn't delete them with admin previleges. Finally, I could delete them with a software named unlocker.

Summary: Average user rating of cscript.exe: based on 2 votes with 2 user comments. One user thinks cscript.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks cscript.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving cscript issues

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