What is Optimize.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 Optimize.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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Optimize.exe file information

The process belongs to software Internet Optimizer by Avenue Media N.V (

Description: Optimize.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Optimize.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder (e.g. C:\Program Files\Internet Optimizer\). The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 67,740 bytes. 
The program has a visible window. There is no file information. The application starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Run). The file is not a Windows system file. Therefore the technical security rating is 36% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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If Optimize.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 54% dangerous. The file size is 52,104 bytes. There is no file information. The file is not a Windows core file. The file has a digital signature. The software is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Run). The program is not visible.

Uninstalling this variant: If you encounter difficulties with Optimize.exe, you could also uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a ProgramInternet Optimizer.

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There are different files with the same name:

Important: Some malware also uses the file name Optimize.exe, for example TROJ_DYFUCA.I (detected by TrendMicro), and Adware:Win32/Avenuemedia (detected by Microsoft). Therefore, you should check the Optimize.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If Internet Optimizer 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 ▾
  1. In Internet Explorer, press the key combination Alt + X to open the Tools menu.
  2. Click Internet options.
  3. Click the Advanced tab.
  4. Click the Reset... button.
  5. Enable the Delete personal settings option.
This will reset your Internet Explorer to its default settings. Your browser will start with the familiar start page and search engine—without popups, ads, cookies, but all browser add-ons are deleted too [1]. Make cleaning up your browser and your computer simpler and safer with Security Task Manager.


User Comments

i got it from some of banner CPU 100% yes it make slow of computer and it install yourself on register also if you want to clean it all should be fix register also not just delete at temp directory
When i try to run IE it always redirects it to porn sites and causes too many errors whenever it's running
All I know it cause MS error reporting to kick on when I run it
It's a part of PC Optimize utility provided by iYogi ( in their Support Dock tool. Absolutely Harmless!!
  Jas   (further information)
It's a resource HOG and has a high risk in spyware/adware catagory
  ironmaixden   (further information)
Not pretty, if easy to remove. Kept a user busy for most of the day, until he finally called for help.
i killed optimize.exe with hexworkshop from i changes the code what makes it work the way it dose to a random code easy to do and it worked..... optimizer is dead
It's spyware ...use Lavasoft Adaware to remove it...make Mozilla Firefox your preferred web browser and you won't get it again
  markoff   (further information)
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of Optimize.exe: based on 80 votes with 9 reviews. 5 users think Optimize.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 3 users think it's probably harmless. 9 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 15 users suspect danger. 48 users think Optimize.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 9 users don't grade Optimize.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving Optimize issues

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