What is par2.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 par2.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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Par2.exe file information

The process known as GrabIt 1.7.3 Beta (build (version 1010)) or GrabIt 1.7.4 Beta (version 2 (build 1014)) or Lumac belongs to software GrabIt or Graboid Video or SABnzbd or Lumac by Ilan Shemes or Firstload.

Description: Par2.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file par2.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 479,232 bytes (40% of all occurrences), 171,520 bytes, 229,376 bytes or 515,072 bytes. 
The software has no file description. The program is not visible. The par2.exe file is not a Windows core file. The application can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. Therefore the technical security rating is 47% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: It is possible to ask the developer, Shemes, for assistance [1][2], search for an update [1][2] on the vendor’s website or uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a ProgramGrabIt or SABnzbd.

Recommended: Identify par2.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as par2.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the par2.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.


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Best practices for resolving par2 issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with par2. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic 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 6resmon 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 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the par2.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity 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. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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