What is Identd.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 Identd.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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Identd.exe file information

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

The process belongs to software RetinaScan or identd by bsys or Nockmaar Software.

Description: Identd.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The Identd.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 44,858 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 53,248 bytes or 24,576 bytes. 
The program is not visible. It is not a Windows system file. The software uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. Identd.exe is able to hide itself. Therefore the technical security rating is 56% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you are having problems with Identd.exe, you can also completely remove identd or RetinaScan (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

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

Used to cache user id and password to linux/unix servers
  CJFINK   (further information)
Used for user identification on a PC. Good in a office network. Bad on a personal computer.
  Desert Crystal  

Summary: Average user rating of Identd.exe: based on 3 votes with 3 user comments. One user thinks Identd.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving Identd issues

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