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 Install.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 External Installer or McAfee Integrated Security Platform Installer or Microsoft .NET Framework Setup Bootstrapper or Setup Launcher or Setup.exe or Charting Companion or Microsoft Visual C (version 2005 ATL Update kb973923 - x86 8.0.50727.4053)
belongs to software InstallShield or Microsoft Visual Studio (version 2005) or Microsoft .NET Framework or McAfee Integrated Security Platform Installer or Windows Communication Foundation or Microsoft Silverlight or Stub or Microsoft Visual C (version 2005 ATL Update kb973923 - x86)
by Microsoft (www.microsoft.com) or InstallShield Software (www.installshield.com) or McAfee (www.mcafee.com) or Amyuni Technologies.
Description: Install.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Install.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows or sometimes in a subfolder of C:\Windows\System32\drivers.
Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 92,160 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 32,256 bytes and 5 more variants.
It is not a Windows core file. There is no file information. Install.exe is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The program is not visible. The process starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Run, win.ini, DEFAULT\Run, MACHINE\RunServices, MACHINE\RunServicesOnce, RunOnce, User Shell Folders, MACHINE\User Shell Folders). Install.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs, monitor applications, hide itself and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 76% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.
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If Install.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder, the security rating is 35% dangerous. The file size is 94,208 bytes (22% of all occurrences), 609,472 bytes and 5 more variants. The file is not a Windows core file. The program has no visible window. Install.exe is able to monitor applications and record keyboard and mouse inputs.
If Install.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 45% dangerous. The file size is 1,452,032 bytes (25% of all occurrences), 32,768 bytes and 5 more variants. Install.exe is not a Windows system file. There is no description of the program. The application starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Run, win.ini, DEFAULT\Run, MACHINE\RunServices, MACHINE\RunServicesOnce, RunOnce, User Shell Folders, MACHINE\User Shell Folders). Install.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs.
If Install.exe is located in the C:\Windows folder, the security rating is 100% dangerous. The file size is 115,200 bytes.
If Install.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder, the security rating is 100% dangerous. The file size is 343,173 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.
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Important: Some malware also uses the file name Install.exe, for example Trojan:Win32/Comronki!rts or Adware:Win32/Gratisware (detected by Microsoft), and Adware.2Search or Downloader (detected by Symantec). Therefore, you should check the Install.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If External Installer has changed your browser's search engine and start page, you can recover your browser's default settings as follows:Reset default browser settings for Internet-Explorer ▾
A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with Install. 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 Install.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.