What is misc.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 misc.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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Misc.exe file information

misc.exe does not provide any particulars about the software with which the process was installed, nor is the developer identified within the file.

Description: Misc.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file misc.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 28,160 bytes (66% of all occurrences) or 34,304 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: User Shell Folders, MACHINE\User Shell Folders). The file is not a Windows system file. misc.exe appears to be a compressed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 36% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Recommended: Identify misc.exe related errors

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

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Summary: Average user rating of misc.exe: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user suspects danger.

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Best practices for resolving misc issues

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