What is kill.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 kill.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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Kill.exe file information

The process known as iSearch Removal Tool or Process killer by buLLet belongs to software Process Killer by iSearch Internet or [uinC.

Description: Kill.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file kill.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows. The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 302,721 bytes. 
The program has a visible window. The file is a file with no information about its developer. The application is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\RunOnce). The file is not a Windows system file. Therefore the technical security rating is 46% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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If kill.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\, the security rating is 16% dangerous. The file size is 65,536 bytes. The program has a visible window. The kill.exe file is not a Windows core file.

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as kill.exe. Therefore, you should check the kill.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

remove exe virus
I want to delete it from my computer
Kill.exe is a windows tool that allows you to end processes from within DOS(Command Prompt).
it`s a part of the Windows NT ressource kit. Its needed to execute tasks with a batch file
it shuts down all background processes that you cant normally close due to an error reading "access denyed. the file is in use by another application.." or something like that. it means a program is using another program to run it. viri use it to keep themselves from getting closed out. this program will disable all background apps making your antivirus able to delete the file
is a utility supplied by Microsoft on their resource toolkit for windows 2000 server environment
  Internet Explorer  
kill.exe ends programs on your computer, it is what powers the X button in the upper right of the window of the program in question, ALT+F4 also starts kill.exe
  I need no name  
In 2004 a poker site (unnamed) used it to shut down my computer when I was gaining the advantage in a money tourney. Before this happened I Won two big tourney's and placed 4th in another all within 11 days. And I did it legitametly
complete erase windows
the kill exe hit my pc and I kept getting access denied when I tried to access my antivirus provider, it also disabled scans where when you attempted to do a scan it would say scan complete no threats found. However it scanned only one second and scaned zero files. That happened each time I tried a scan, in isolating it to the virus valt it still happened, tryoing to aplly the fix application it would not allow any updates or access to antivirus saying access denied, in removing it it clobbered my pc where I could ot access the net at all. I reloaded the op system and wiped the drive w

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of kill.exe: based on 17 votes with 10 user comments. 3 users think kill.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 4 users think it's probably harmless. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. 7 users think kill.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 2 users don't grade kill.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving kill issues

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