What is elements.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 elements.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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Elements.exe file information

The process known as Yandex Elements belongs to software unknown by Yandex (

Description: Elements.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file elements.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,200,416 bytes (23% of all occurrences), 1,226,528 bytes and 5 more variants. 
There is no file information. The file is a Verisign signed file. The file has a digital signature. The file is not a Windows system file. The software starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: Run). The program has no visible window. Elements.exe is able to monitor applications and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 51% dangerous.

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If elements.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 40% dangerous. The file size is 366,368 bytes (37% of all occurrences), 1,200,416 bytes, 1,237,792 bytes, 1,226,528 bytes or 1,223,968 bytes. The elements.exe file is a file with no information about its developer. The elements.exe file is certified by a trustworthy company. The elements.exe file is not a Windows core file. The program has no visible window. The elements.exe file is a Verisign signed file. The program is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: Run). Elements.exe is able to manipulate other programs and monitor applications.

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as elements.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the elements.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 elements issues

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