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 Download.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.
Description: Download.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The Download.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of the user's profile folder.
Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 840,704 bytes (15% of all occurrences), 463,560 bytes and 9 more variants.
The file is a file with no information about its developer. The file is not a Windows system file. The process starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: User Shell Folders, Shell Folders, DEFAULT\User Shell Folders). The program is not visible. Therefore the technical security rating is 56% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.
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If Download.exe is located in a subfolder of Windows folder for temporary files, the security rating is 52% dangerous. The file size is 765,952 bytes. There is no information about the author of the file. The program has no visible window. It is not a Windows core file. Download.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications.
If Download.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows\System32, the security rating is 40% dangerous. The file size is 67,984 bytes. The program is not visible. Download.exe is a Verisign signed file. It is certified by a trustworthy company. The file is not a Windows system file. The process listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet.
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There are different files with the same name:
Important: Some malware camouflages itself as Download.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder, for example Win32:Adware-gen [Adw] or Win32:Agent-AUVV [Trj] (detected by Avast), and MultiPlug (detected by Sophos). Therefore, you should check the Download.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If GF1O has changed your browser's search engine and start page, you can recover your browser's default settings as follows:Reset default browser settings for Internet-Explorer ▾
A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with Download. 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 Download.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.