Most antivirus programs identify Framework.exe as malware—for instance TrendMicro identifies it as ADW_EZDOW or TROJ_MALLJQ.A, and Microsoft identifies it as SoftwareBundler:Win32/InstalleRex or Trojan:Win32/Small.
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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 10/8/7/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, User Shell Folders). 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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If Framework.exe is located in the C:\Windows folder, the security rating is 71% dangerous. The file size is 102,441 bytes. The program has no visible window. It is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The process is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, MACHINE\RunServices, User Shell Folders). The file is not a Windows core file. The software uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. Framework.exe is able to monitor applications.
If Framework.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 54% dangerous. The file size is 1,066,872 bytes (50% of all occurrences) or 1,360,760 bytes. There is no file information. The program has no visible window. The Framework.exe file is digitally signed. The software is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, MACHINE\RunServices, User Shell Folders). The Framework.exe file is not a Windows core file.
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The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: Security Task Manager examines the active Framework process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known anti-malware tool tells you if the Framework.exe on your computer displays annoying ads, slowing it down. This type of unwanted adware program is not considered by some antivirus software to be a virus and is therefore not marked for cleanup.
A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding PC trouble. 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.