Most antivirus programs identify framework.exe as malware—for instance TrendMicro identifies it as TROJ_MALLJQ.A or WORM_RBOT.ELL, and Microsoft identifies it as Trojan:Win32/Small or Backdoor:Win32/Rbot.gen.
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The process known as Realtek Azalia Audio - Event Monitor or Framework Application appears to belong to software Realtek (version AC97 Audio - Event Monitor) or Lexware financial office pro by Realtek Semiconductor (www.realtek.com.tw) or Lexware GmbH & Co. KG.
Description: Framework.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Framework.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder.
Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/XP are 118,272 bytes (46% of all occurrences), 118,784 bytes or 119,808 bytes.
There is no file information. The process is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, MACHINE\RunServices). It is not a Windows core file. It is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. The program is not visible. The software listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. Framework.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs, hide itself and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 87% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.
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Important: You should check the framework.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.
A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with framework. 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 doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, 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 framework.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.