What is download.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 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.

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Download.exe file information

The process known as Shockwave UltraShim or GF1O belongs to software Director (version MX 2004) or D6YAg or Command & Conquer Renegade by Macromedia ( or NwQ3qe.

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". Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/XP are 505,344 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 5,686,784 bytes or 6,358,528 bytes. 
The program has a visible window. It is not a Windows core file. Download.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 22% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.
In the event of any problems with download.exe, you can uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Add/Remove programs ⇒ Command & Conquer Renegade or ASUS Wireless Router WL-500gP.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as download.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder, for example Trojan.Win32.VBKrypt.cdvs (detected by Kaspersky), and TROJ_VBINJ.SMIE (detected by TrendMicro). Therefore, you should check the download.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

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download.exe is a process registered as a dialler which can use your computer's telephone line to dial high cost toll numbers without your consent or knowledge.
  Ken   (further information)
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  jessica drago  
File download.exe is located in a subfolder of Windows Temp folder.
  ashish singh  
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Summary: Average user rating of download.exe: based on 4 votes with 5 user comments. 2 users think download.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user suspects danger. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving download issues

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 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 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.

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