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 helper.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.
The process known as Synaptics.exe or Firefox Helper or System Cleaner Helper
belongs to software Surfacewere or System Cleaner (version 7) or Synaptics Pointing Device Helper or Firefox
by Synaptics (www.synaptics.com) or Pointstone Software (www.pointstone.com) or Mozilla (www.mozilla.org).
Description: Helper.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Helper.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files".
Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 417,280 bytes (20% of all occurrences), 368,640 bytes and 10 more variants.
The program is not visible. It is not a Windows core file. The helper.exe file is a file with no information about its developer. Helper.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 72% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.
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If helper.exe is located in the Windows folder for temporary files, the security rating is 59% dangerous. The file size is 413,384 bytes. There is no information about the author of the file. The program is not visible. It is a Verisign signed file. The helper.exe file is certified by a trustworthy company. The software starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: RunOnce, Run). It is not a Windows system file. helper.exe appears to be a compressed file.
If helper.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder, the security rating is 96% dangerous. The file size is 374,272 bytes. It is a file with no information about its developer. The file is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. The program has no visible window. The program starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: RunOnce, Run). The software listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. Helper.exe is not a Windows system file. Helper.exe is able to manipulate other programs.
If helper.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder, the security rating is 82% dangerous. The file size is 526,848 bytes.
Important: Some malware also uses the file name helper.exe, for example HEUR:Trojan.Win32.Generic or Trojan.MSIL.Inject.cmxa (detected by Kaspersky), and Trojan.Generic.14930598 (detected by BitDefender). Therefore, you should check the helper.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.
A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with helper. 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 helper.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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