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 Charting Companion or Microsoft Visual C (version 2005 ATL Update kb973923 - x86 8.0.50727.4053)
belongs to software Microsoft .NET Framework or McAfee Integrated Security Platform Installer or Microsoft Silverlight or Stub or Microsoft Visual C (version 2005 ATL Update kb973923 - x86) or Microsoft Visual Studio (version 2005)
by Microsoft (www.microsoft.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:\Program Files".
Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,452,032 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 24,576 bytes, 224,112 bytes, 338,716 bytes or 56,832 bytes.
It is not a Windows core file. There is no file information. The program starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: DEFAULT\Run, MACHINE\Run, MACHINE\RunServicesOnce, Run, MACHINE\RunServices, RunOnce). Install.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 44% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.
Recommended: Identify install.exe related errors
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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 (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. 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 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 install.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.