What is Generic.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 Generic.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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Generic.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with Generic
Generic.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Generic Device Management Executable belongs to software Device Management or Sony Ericsson PC Suite by Teleca AB ( or Teleca Software Solutions ( or Obigo AB.

Description: Generic.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The Generic.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 983,040 bytes (51% of all occurrences), 385,024 bytes and 4 more variants. 
The program has no visible window. Generic.exe is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 34% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you still experience problems with Generic.exe, you can do the following:
  • look for help on the [1][2] website
  • uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program > Sony Ericsson PC Suite or HTC Sync)

Recommended: Identify Generic.exe related errors

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

part of Sony Ericsson software/driver stuff (date+time matches w/ my installation)
part of my sony ericsson pc suite, didnt caused any problems within 2 years
Installed with Sony Ericsson PC Suite
generic.exe also appeared after I installed my sony ericsson softwar. However, I do not know the programs intent. It continued running after I shut down sonys software which makes it questionable IMO.
  Bill Moore  
Yeah it is Sony Ericsson PC Suite process
  Tsvetomir Georigev  
Happened at the time of Sony Erricson Driver Install.
Would make sense if it was a part of Sony Ericsson's PC Suite as this has just been installed and Generic.exe notice :)
Located in: "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Teleca Shared", 983040 bytes, was removed when the Sony Ericsson PC Suite was uninstalled.
  Michael Oryl  
I agree with Curt... I just installed the Sony Ericsson PC Suite and noticed this process. Is hogging a lot of memory it seems
I got it with my sony ericsson PC Suite. Doesn't effect comp when turned off.
Also have Sony phone software installed, can kill the task if you dont need to sync your phone
sony ericsson process
You are absolutely correct. It gets installed when you connect your Sony Ericsson. It's generally harmless
i see it at task manager in XP SP2 but didnt make change everything althought i had end the process
driver for PC-Suite Sony-Ericsson
Installed with HTC Hero sync package (HTC Sync)
generic.exe starts in the process once we install Ericsson PC Suite. And it is needed to synchronize your phone.
  ravi prakash  
Installed with HTC Hero at about the same time as a file known as Mobile Phone Monitor
Is also installed with Dell PC Suite for Dell Streak synchronization
HTC Sync (HTC Desire)
I removed it from my computer and now I am havin all kinds of issues.
Appeared after installing HTC sync application (HTC Desire)
  Clint   (further information)
goes away when HTC Sync is removed
HTC Sync (HTC Droid Incrediable)
It comes with the Dell suite package of Dell Streak 5. Just uninstall the Dell Suite
In Win7 64-bit sometimes it caused explorer.exe to hang and freeze.
  Tamás Juhász  
memory hog, linked to mobile deviced (htc hero here)
Seems to be associated with my Dell Streak sync package
Installed with the Dell Streak PC Suite
  James Douglas   (further information)

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of Generic.exe: based on 29 votes with 29 user comments. 4 users think Generic.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 7 users think it's probably harmless. 16 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users think Generic.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 3 users don't grade Generic.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving Generic issues

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