What is downloader.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 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.

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Downloader.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with downloader
Downloader.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as BitDefender Update Downloader belongs to software Bitdefender Total Security (version 2013) by Bitdefender (

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.

Uninstalling this variant: If you experience any issues with installation of downloader.exe, you can also contact Customer Service or uninstall Joxi v or Bitdefender Total Security 2013 from your computer using the Control Panel applet Uninstall a Program.

Recommended: Identify downloader.exe related errors

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.


User Comments

Looks suspicious
  Ryan   (further information)
it seems to be dangerous
It is a big nuisance for working of IE Unable to remove it
  Dr Anand Prakash  
opens suspicious webpages
It is disguised malware installer. It appears on sites where the use thinks they are downloading a 'torrent.' It may download a torrent but it also installs this malware.
hangs up the computer by occupying RAM with Opera Firefox. might come from bitdefender
The file was used for BitDefender's Anti-Virus 2013 updating process. No threats found.
  Adam Clark  
It is often a mandatory download if you get to ' immediate download' sites. It seems highly dangerous to me to download and activate an exe file from peopel you dont know, purely so you can download other files
The Bitdefender antivirus update executable. In C:\Program Files\Bitdefender\Bitdefender 2013
It came to me from the Softonic downloadsite. I don't like to instal software in order to download a file.
  Edmond Petrus  
required for download
It is necessary for BitDefender if you have it installed
  Alex W.   (further information)
It's part of Bitdefender Total Security (or any other Bitdefender product, really).
I have tried several times to remove it and have not been successful. I have removed 6+ other programs that downloaded with it but cannot get rid of downloader.exe.
  Louis farnung  
downloader.exe only shows up in my services log while updating bitdefender. seems legit.
it seems to be harmful
  Devender Singh  
In my case it came with bitdefender antivirus plus. It resists inside the root of the bitdefender installation directory. It's size is 417.792 Bytes .
  Michael Morawietz  
It is used for EVE Online's installer.
  David Trounson  
I agree. downloader.exe belongs to Bitdefender 2014.
This file is a BitDefender firewall update file. If you have strong lag spikes or bandwidth issues, this could be the cause. It spikes your ping whenever it activates periodically.
Downloads a game
if you right click on process point to file location it will take you to Bitdefender folder to the file Downloader.exe this executable file required for update it run specially at startup if you configure bitdefender to auto update.
Install 'ProcessHacker2' it's wipes it out I think.
  Pete   (further information)

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of downloader.exe: based on 26 votes with 23 user comments. 13 users think downloader.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 5 users think it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. 4 users suspect danger. 3 users think downloader.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 6 users don't grade downloader.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving downloader issues

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.

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