What is drivers.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 drivers.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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Drivers.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with drivers
Drivers.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as UpdateStar Drivers or Asbw4Ac13z or DriversInstallationAssistant or D614639pY226440oax5054165565u

appears to belong to software UpdateStar GmbH or I821197qh or DriversInstallationAssistant or JrwDIXyvCB

by UpdateStar GmbH or Romeo91 or M29907ba158673WLr68996 or XM0DwitMZ2X.

Description: Drivers.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Drivers.exe is located in the C:\Windows folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 21,504 bytes (50% of all occurrences), 13,179,660 bytes or 217,088 bytes. 
The program has no visible window. Drivers.exe is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. The software starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Run). The drivers.exe file is not a Windows system file. There is no description of the program. Drivers.exe is able to monitor applications and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 85% dangerous.

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Important: Some malware also uses the file name drivers.exe, for example Backdoor.EggDrop or Suspicious.Skintrim (detected by Symantec), and TROJ_GEN.R26E1HE or TROJ_GEN.R23E1H4 (detected by TrendMicro). Therefore, you should check the drivers.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.


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Best practices for resolving drivers issues

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