What is GKProbe.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 GKProbe.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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GKProbe.exe file information

The process known as Mobile Guardian Gatekeeper Probe belongs to software Mobile Guardian Gatekeeper or Adobe Shockwave (version 11) by CREDANT Technologies (

Description: GKProbe.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The GKProbe.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 875,008 bytes (66% of all occurrences) or 749,056 bytes. 
The program is not visible. The application is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\User Shell Folders). GKProbe.exe is not a Windows system file. The application can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. GKProbe.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 39% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: You could remove the entire program Mobile Guardian Gatekeeper or Adobe Shockwave 11 using Windows Control Panel.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as GKProbe.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the GKProbe.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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Best practices for resolving GKProbe issues

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