What is fspex.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 fspex.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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Fspex.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with fspex
Fspex.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as F-Secure Anti-Virus (version 2006) or F-Secure (version 2006) or Antivirus Firewall or BackWeb Runner Application belongs to software RunnerEXE Application by F-Secure Internet Security ( (version 2005) or Securitoo Portal or BackWeb Technologies (

Description: Fspex.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Fspex.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 32,807 bytes (75% of all occurrences), 16,423 bytes or 36,903 bytes. 
The program is not visible. Fspex.exe is not a Windows system file. The application uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. The software is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\User Shell Folders). Therefore the technical security rating is 64% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Recommended: Identify fspex.exe related errors

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

It is part of F-Secure and let's you update F-Secure. If you have F-Secure installed on your computer, this isn't dangerous. Charter also comes with F-Secure so if you get your internet from Charter this is also harmless. Otherwise this is a very dangerous application in disguise!
It is a part of the Charter High Speed Security Suite and should not be deleted from your startup as long as you use Charter Security suite.
Charter High Speed Security Suite (f-secure based) web-updater
  Don Cummings  
It is definately to do with f-secure antivirus. It is an automatic updater for F-secure, so essential if you want to stay updated.
F-Secure's own spyware. That can spy your open programs and passwords. Actually smells like shit that whole F-Secure!
  Mr. President   (further information)
fsxpex.exe hogs all my processor, 99% most of the time. A
It shouldn't be dangerous, because SecTaskMan rates all my F-Secure products at least 42. And F-Secure is the oppisite thing to dangerous.
F-Secure Antivirus
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of fspex.exe: based on 33 votes with 9 reviews. 20 users think fspex.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 4 users think it's probably harmless. 5 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. 3 users think fspex.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 4 users don't grade fspex.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving fspex issues

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