What is env.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 env.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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Env.exe file information

The process known as Env Tool für Windows Anwendungs-Datei belongs to software Env Tool zum speichern der Benutzerumgebung im Speicher by matrix42 AG (

Description: Env.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file env.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 8,192 bytes. 
The file is a file with no information about its developer. The program has no visible window. The file is not a Windows system file. Therefore the technical security rating is 56% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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If env.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files", the security rating is 36% dangerous. The file size is 110,468 bytes. The program has a visible window. There is no description of the program. The application starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The env.exe file is not a Windows core file.

If env.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows\System32, the security rating is 22% dangerous. The file size is 53,248 bytes. The program has a visible window. The software starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). It is not a Windows core file.

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

I think this might be an alarm from Prey tracking software but took me a long time to figure it out. Controlled from website.

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Best practices for resolving env issues

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