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 downloader.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: Downloader.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Downloader.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files".
Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 307,104 bytes (25% of all occurrences), 364,576 bytes, 157,480 bytes or 309,424 bytes.
The program has no visible window. The downloader.exe file is certified by a trustworthy company. Downloader.exe is not a Windows core file. The downloader.exe file is a Verisign signed file. Downloader.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 30% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.
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If downloader.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's "Documents" folder, the security rating is 58% dangerous. The file size is 1,238,562 bytes (50% of all occurrences) or 267,788 bytes. The program has no visible window. The file is not a Windows system file. Downloader.exe is able to connect to the Internet and record keyboard and mouse inputs.
If downloader.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder, the security rating is 56% dangerous. The file size is 225,280 bytes (50% of all occurrences) or 78,655 bytes. The downloader.exe file is a file with no information about its developer. The program is not visible. The downloader.exe file is not a Windows core file.
If downloader.exe is located in a subfolder of Windows folder for temporary files, the security rating is 56% dangerous. The file size is 26,624 bytes.
Important: Some malware camouflages itself as downloader.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder, for example Trojan.Win32.Migr.j (detected by Kaspersky), and TrojanDownloader:Win32/Troxen!rts (detected by Microsoft). Therefore, you should check the downloader.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.
A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with downloader. 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 downloader.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.