What is Helper.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 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.

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Helper.exe file information

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

The process known as Firefox Helper or Helper belongs to software SpeedUpMyPC or Firefox or System Cleaner (version 7) by Mozilla ( or Pointstone Software (

Description: Helper.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Helper.exe is located in the C:\Windows folder. Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/XP are 49,664 bytes (28% of all occurrences), 52,224 bytes, 50,176 bytes or 51,200 bytes. 
The software has no file description. The program is not visible. The Helper.exe file is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. The Helper.exe file is not a Windows system file. Therefore the technical security rating is 72% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: Some malware also uses the file name Helper.exe, for example Packed.Win32.Krap.u or Packed.Win32.Krap.v (detected by Kaspersky), and Trojan:Win32/Ilomo.gen!A (detected by Microsoft). 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.


User Comments

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c:\program files\mozilla thunderbird\uninstall\helper.exe - Norton reported that it made 12 changes to my computer. No action recomended. Modified 11 registry entries. Low threat level.
  John Beaman  
Part Of HyperOs System
  Steve Clarke   (further information)
It is a file of My Other Computers disk cloning software. I have used it for several years and like it very muvh.
  Stephen Bennett  
It is a process handler for Mozilla Firefox
  John Miles  
I get errors for firefox, chrome, and ie. I then have to reboot my laptop. I get these errors even when they are not running. I sure would like to remove it,
  Bill Rutz  

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Summary: Average user rating of Helper.exe: based on 6 votes with 6 user comments. One user thinks Helper.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 4 users think it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving Helper issues

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 doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, 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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