What is gizmo.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 gizmo.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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Gizmo.exe file information

The process known as GIZMO or Gizmo Central belongs to software GIZMO ver.2 or Gizmo Central by Arainia Solutions ( or ants.

Description: Gizmo.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Gizmo.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 223,640 bytes (40% of all occurrences), 2,217,224 bytes, 2,229,512 bytes or 2,262,280 bytes. 
It is a Verisign signed file. Gizmo.exe is digitally signed. The gizmo.exe file is not a Windows core file. The process is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Run, MACHINE\User Shell Folders). There is no description of the program. The program is not visible. Gizmo.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 19% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If problems with gizmo.exe come up, you may want to do the following:
  • visit the support page
  • uninstall Gizmo Central or GIZMO ver.2 software via Windows Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 10/8/7)

Recommended: Identify gizmo.exe related errors

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


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Summary: Average user rating of gizmo.exe: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user thinks gizmo.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application.

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Best practices for resolving gizmo issues

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