What is java.exe?

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 java.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.

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Java.exe file information

The process known as Java™ Platform SE binary or ddefudngmhixt or Java launcher or Google Chrome or QrZ or Novo Grid Node Container or Java Executive by Jar2Exe, by (version J2E 1.8 Trial, or SyAM Desktop Monitor Central (version 3.10)

belongs to software Java™ Platform (version SE 6, SE 7, SE 8) or OpenEdge or Maya or lxrqbnym or Marimba or Maya 6.0 Documentation Server or IBM Developer Kit for Windows, Java (version 2,) or WebPAM

by Sun Microsystems ( or Oracle ( or Alias ( or kjt or IBM ( or Marimba ( or SyAM Software or Microsoft (

Description: Java.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Java.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files"—e.g. C:\java\jre\v14\bin\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 45,161 bytes (18% of all occurrences), 135,168 bytes and 31 more variants. 
The file is not a Windows system file. The application listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. The program has no visible window. Therefore the technical security rating is 54% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If any problems with Java(TM) 6 Update occur, you can safely remove the program using the uninstall program of (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program), ask Customer Support to assist you or update the program.

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External information from Paul Collins:

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as java.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder, for example Gen:Variant.Zusy.180394 (detected by F-Secure), and Trojan.ADH or WS.Reputation.1 (detected by Symantec). Therefore, you should check the java.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

Java runtime - There are some security problems with applets
  kivibot   (further information) (further information)
This program is more like an wrapper for other programs, it can runn other programs, but still show up as java.exe at thask manager
It opens java applications... Duh
  Tuff   (further information)
Think this may be a worm or Trojan- redirects to a non-existent DNS server.
instsuction ox500bf974 ref memory at ox 00000e7f memory can't be read
If many items are deleted or you have downloaded another type of Java, the new type of Java takes it's place and for me, I couldnt use the command 'RUN' in cmd. I still dont know what to do.
necessary for certain java related software
  Doug Gentry  
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Adobe Version Cue CS3\Server\jre\bin\java.exe
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of java.exe: based on 24 votes with 9 reviews. 11 users think java.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 4 users think it's probably harmless. 6 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users suspect danger. One user thinks java.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it. 5 users don't grade java.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving java issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with java. 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 java.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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