What is exiftool.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 exiftool.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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Exiftool.exe file information

The process known as Read and Write meta information belongs to software ExifTool by Phil Harvey.

Description: Exiftool.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file exiftool.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 2,922,905 bytes. 
There is no description of the program. The program is not visible. It is an unknown file in the Windows folder. It is not a Windows system file. Therefore the technical security rating is 72% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

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If exiftool.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 70% dangerous. The file size is 5,022,663 bytes. The program has no visible window. The file is not a Windows core file.

If exiftool.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder, the security rating is 56% dangerous. The file size is 53,299 bytes. There is no description of the program. The program is not visible. The file is not a Windows core file.

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as exiftool.exe. Therefore, you should check the exiftool.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

Exiftool is a standalone tool, based upon Perl, that controls metadata in JPEG files. Norton is indeed flagging it as a security risk, although I found several legitimate references to it on the internet.
  Miles Duke   (further information)
Exiftool.exe ist ein eigenständiges Kommando-Zeilen-basierendes Programm, welches zum Auslesen & verändern von Meta-Daten in Dateien gedacht ist. Dieses Programm kann seperat herunter geladen werden oder wird beispielsweise bei der Installation von Advanced Renamer mit installiert, da dieses Programm die Funktionen von Exiftool einbindet. Notwendig nur, wenn man Meta-Daten einsehen oder verändern will.
    (further information)

Summary: Average user rating of exiftool.exe: based on 1 vote with 2 user comments. One user thinks exiftool.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving exiftool issues

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