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Is inetinfo.exe safe?

Inetinfo.exe is a executable file (a program) within Windows. The filename extension .exe denotes an executable file. You should only run executable files from publishers you trust, because executable files can potentially change your computer settings or harm your computer. The free file information forum can help you determine if inetinfo.exe is a virus, trojan, spyware, or adware that you can remove, or a file belonging to a Windows system or to an application you can trust.

Inetinfo.exe file information

The process known as Internet Information Services or IIS-palvelut or Internet-Informationsdienste

belongs to software Internet Information Services or World Wide Web Publishing or IIS Admin, Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP), World Wide Web Publishing or IIS Admin or Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) or Brontok.A or FTP Publishing or IIS Admin, FTP Publishing, Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP), World Wide Web Publishing

by Microsoft (www.microsoft.com) or qzrsso.

Description: The original inetinfo.exe from Microsoft is an important part of Windows, but often causes problems. inetinfo.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows\System32 - usually C:\WINDOWS\System32\inetsrv\. Known file sizes on Windows 7/XP are 15,872 bytes (72% of all occurrences), 15,360 bytes and 11 more variants. http://www.file.net/process/inetinfo.exe.html 
The inetinfo.exe file is a Windows system file. The program has no visible window. Inetinfo.exe is a Microsoft signed file. The software uses ports to connect to a LAN or the Internet. Inetinfo.exe is able to hide itself. Therefore the technical security rating is 10% dangerous, however also read the users reviews.
If you encounter difficulties with inetinfo.exe, you can remove the entire program NVIDIA Drivers using Windows Control Panel.

Recommended: Identify inetinfo.exe related errors

Viruses with the same file name

Is inetinfo.exe a virus? No, it is not. The true inetinfo.exe file is a safe Microsoft Windows system process, called "Internet Information Services". However, writers of malware programs, such as viruses, worms, and trojans deliberately give their processes the same file name to escape detection. Viruses with the same file name are such as Generic PUP.z (detected by McAfee), and Backdoor.Agent.AAAA (detected by F-Secure).
To ensure that no rogue inetinfo.exe is running on your PC, click here to run a Free Malware Scan.

How to recognize suspicious variants? If inetinfo.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Documents and Settings", the security rating is 57% dangerous. The file size is 42,065 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 81,920 bytes and 4 more variants. There is no file information. The program has no visible window. Inetinfo.exe is not a Windows system file.

If inetinfo.exe is located in the folder C:\Windows\System32, the security rating is 67% dangerous. The file size is 27,648 bytes (28% of all occurrences), 10,752 bytes, 2,626,048 bytes or 791,552 bytes. Inetinfo.exe is not a Windows system file. The program is not visible. The process listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. There is no file information. Inetinfo.exe is an unknown file in the Windows folder. Inetinfo.exe is able to hide itself.

If inetinfo.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows, the security rating is 43% dangerous. The file size is 880,640 bytes (50% of all occurrences) or 867,840 bytes.

External information from Paul Collins:
There are different files with the same name:

  • "inetinfo.exe" can run at start up. Executable used by MS Internet Information Server (IIS). If it's running, then so is IIS. Useful in knowing whether you require the patch for the Code Red worm. Comes with PWS (Personal Web Server) or NT4 and handles ASP-, PHP code (+ more)
  • "run" definitely not required. Added by the BINGHE TROJAN!

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as inetinfo.exe, particularly when located in the c:\windows or c:\windows\system32 folder. Therefore, you should check the inetinfo.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

"inetinfo.exe" is a component of Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS), the popular web server package widely deployed on the Internet. This process is used mainly for debugging purposes. http://www.neuber.com/taskmanager/process/inetinfo.exe.html Get more detailed information about inetinfo.exe and all other running background processes with Security Task Manager.
This is a web server for windows, it's not dangerous at all. But some time this application create a problem for Web Designer & Web Developer's. Because this application use Port 80, and also Wamp (Apache) / Vertrigo (Apache) use same port 80. So Vertrigo And Wamp server do not run. If any user relise this type of problem then please follow the some step "OR" open the given like and solve this porblem. Reconfigure Apache to run on a different port::::- You might want to pick this path if you don’t want to close the application blocking port 80. A typical reason might be that you want to run say, Apache and IIS on the same machine at the same time. 1. To configure Apache to run on a different port,. Go to : (C:\Program Files\VertrigoServ\Apache\conf\httpd.conf) Then Right Click On httpd.conf and open in note pad then Search for the following lines: a. Listen 80 b. ServerName localhost:80 Change both these lines, so as to have a different number instead of 80. I have chosen 8000 instead of 80. Make sure that this is a free port, not used by any applications. a. Listen 8080 b. ServerName localhost:8080
  Ashish Kushwaha   (further information)
its reduce my server performance.
windows component, provides server functions like mailing, ftp etc, but no need for it on average home pc. if running anyway (see task-manager) may indicate malware infection (botnet)! See also IIS Admin service (deactivate if you don't host a server).
it automatically keep closing my files even when I turn my computer on it closes it,
this is a web server of microsoft
I did one thing and it seems the problem is solved . Now ,before proceeding ,end inetinfo process ,and keep ending it if it restarts ,else it won't allow making changes go to C:\WINDOWS\system32\inetsrv right click 'inetinfo.exe' ,click 'properties' In attributes , uncheck 'Archive' I also checked 'Read-only' so that something remains checked
Service Name RESvc 2003 Microsoft Exchange Routing Engine Path: "C:\WINDOWS\system32\inetsrv\inetinfo.exe" Provides topology and routing information to Exchange Server 2003 servers. If this service is stopped, optimal routing of messages will not be available.
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of inetinfo.exe: based on 156 votes with 9 reviews.
66 users think inetinfo.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 9 users think it's probably harmless. 33 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 18 users suspect danger. 30 users think inetinfo.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 15 users don't grade inetinfo.exe ("not sure about it").

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