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 InstallHelper.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.
Description: InstallHelper.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The InstallHelper.exe file is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder or sometimes in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files".
Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 458,752 bytes (72% of all occurrences) or 544,768 bytes.
There is no information about the author of the file. It is not a Windows system file. The process starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, MACHINE\RunOnce). The program has no visible window. InstallHelper.exe is able to manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 56% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.
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If InstallHelper.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 33% dangerous. The file size is 73,728 bytes (66% of all occurrences) or 591,872 bytes. The process starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, MACHINE\RunOnce). InstallHelper.exe is not a Windows core file. InstallHelper.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs.
If InstallHelper.exe is located in a subfolder of Windows folder for temporary files, the security rating is 70% dangerous. The file size is 1,513,984 bytes. The program is not visible. InstallHelper.exe is not a Windows system file. InstallHelper.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs.
Important: Some malware camouflages itself as InstallHelper.exe. Therefore, you should check the InstallHelper.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.
A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with InstallHelper. 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 InstallHelper.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.
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