What is patch.exe?
Patch.exe is a executable file (a program) within Windows. The filename extension .exe denotes an executable file. You should only run executable files from publishers you trust, because executable files can potentially change your computer settings or harm your computer. The free file information forum can help you determine if patch.exe is a virus, trojan, spyware, or adware that you can remove, or a file belonging to a Windows system or to an application you can trust.
Patch.exe file information
Description: Patch.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. patch.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows.
Known file sizes on Windows 7/XP are 196,608 bytes (50% of all occurrences), 148,719 bytes or 45,093 bytes.
There is no description of the program. The software starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServicesOnce, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\Shell, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run). The patch.exe file is not a Windows system file. Patch.exe is able to record inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 52% dangerous, however also read the users reviews.
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If patch.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Documents and Settings", the security rating is 53% dangerous. The file size is 35,328 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 494,592 bytes, 66,560 bytes, 1,394,688 bytes or 83,968 bytes. It is not a Windows core file. The program is not visible. The program has no file description. Patch.exe is able to record inputs, monitor applications and hide itself.
If patch.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 65% dangerous. The file size is 36,864 bytes (80% of all occurrences) or 614,912 bytes.
There is no information about the author of the file. The program is not visible. The application is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServicesOnce, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\Shell, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run).
It is not a Windows system file.
If there are any problems with patch.exe, you may want to uninstall the software Active Virtual Desktop using the "Add or Remove Programs" function of Windows Control Panel (Windows: Start, Settings, Control Panel, Add or Remove Programs).
If patch.exe is located in the folder C:\Windows, the security rating is 88% dangerous. The file size is 494,592 bytes (75% of all occurrences) or 472,576 bytes.
If patch.exe is located in the folder C:\Windows\System32, the security rating is 75% dangerous. The file size is 649,471 bytes.
External information from Paul Collins:
There are different files with the same name:
- "Patch" definitely not required. Added by the NETBUS WORM!
- "Telechips,Mass" can run at start up. Removable disk driver for the Muro MP3 player
Important: Some malware also uses the file name patch.exe, for example Win32:Malware-gen or Win32:NetBus-AO [Trj] (detected by Avast), and Artemis!1E29FFAA4225 or NetBus.svr (detected by McAfee). Therefore, you should check the patch.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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