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What is install.exe?

Install.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 install.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.


Install.exe file information

The process known as External Installer or Setup Launcher or McAfee Integrated Security Platform Installer or Microsoft .NET Framework Setup Bootstrapper or SupportSoft Container or MYTH Installer or Setup.exe or Microsoft Visual C (version 2005 ATL Update kb973923 - x86 8.0.50727.4053)

belongs to software Administrator or InstallShield or Microsoft Visual Studio (version 2005) or Microsoft .NET Framework or Charter High-Speed or McAfee Integrated Security Platform Installer or Windows Communication Foundation or Microsoft Silverlight

by Microsoft (www.microsoft.com) or Installation or InstallShield Software (www.installshield.com) or McAfee (www.mcafee.com) or MYTH or SupportSoft (www.supportsoft.com).

Description: Install.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. install.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Documents and Settings" or sometimes in a subfolder of C:\. Known file sizes on Windows 7/XP are 609,472 bytes (15% of all occurrences), 94,208 bytes and 9 more variants. http://www.file.net/process/install.exe.html 
It is not a Windows core file. The program is not visible. Install.exe is able to record inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 39% dangerous, however also read the users reviews.
In case of problems with install.exe, you may also uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Add/Remove programs ⇒ Charter High-Speed™.

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If install.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows, the security rating is 76% dangerous. The file size is 92,160 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 32,256 bytes and 5 more variants. Install.exe is not a Windows system file. There is no description of the program. Install.exe is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The program is not visible. The application is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, C:\Windows\win.ini, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServices, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServicesOnce, HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders). Install.exe is able to record inputs, monitor applications, hide itself and manipulate other programs.

If install.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 54% dangerous. The file size is 1,452,032 bytes (28% of all occurrences), 24,576 bytes, 32,768 bytes, 116,880 bytes or 56,832 bytes. The program is not visible. It is not a Windows system file. There is no description of the program. The program is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, C:\Windows\win.ini, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServices, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServicesOnce, HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders).

If install.exe is located in the folder C:\Windows, the security rating is 85% dangerous. The file size is 24,576 bytes (83% of all occurrences) or 115,200 bytes.

If install.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows\System32\drivers, the security rating is 72% dangerous. The file size is 1,272,371 bytes.

If install.exe is located in the folder C:\Windows\System32, the security rating is 100% dangerous. The file size is 343,173 bytes.

If install.exe is located in C:\, the security rating is 74% dangerous. The file size is 53,318 bytes.

If install.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows\System32, the security rating is 72% dangerous. The file size is 14,332 bytes.

External information from Paul Collins:

  • "Initial Page" definitely not required.

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as install.exe, particularly when located in the c:\windows or c:\windows\system32 folder, for example Trojan:Win32/Comronki!rts or Adware:Win32/Gratisware (detected by Microsoft), and not-a-virus:Client-IRC.Win32.mIRC.617 or Net-Worm.Win32.Koobface.df (detected by Kaspersky). Therefore, you should check the install.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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User Comments

"SupportSoft Container" is also an identifier used by C:\Program Files\Comcast\Desktop Doctor\agent\bin\bcont_nm.exe. This file is used by Comcast's ISP application Desktop Doctor to communicate your system details with Comcast technical support. The software is supposed to solve the most common techincal problems by prompting the user to download patches or drivers. However the user should always be very careful about communicating such detailed system information with an outside party. Personally, I'm uncomfortable with this, and have uninstalled this tool.
  Eric Chadwick   (further information)
window setup exe
  xp windows  
Software for HD memory camera
   
Install.exe is a module belonging to a number of advertising programs. These processes monitor your browsing habits and distributes the data back to the author's servers for analysis. This also prompts advertising popups. This process is a security risk and should be removed from your system.
  Tom  
I received this file through hotmail,did not opened it
  Robert Martinez  
install.exe is a loader for magicJack services and will open whenever magicJack has been opened or set to auto-start. This program is not harmful to your computer if you are only seeing this occurrence when opening magicJack.
  SirGregory   (further information)
Palm Desktop Software
   
Runs automatically during pc boot , can not be disabled on msconfig. Slows down pc greatly.
  M. James  
warcraft 3 the frozentrhone
  bauti  

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Summary: Average user rating of install.exe: based on 14 votes with 9 user comments.
9 users think install.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 2 users suspect danger. 2 users think install.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it.


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