What is patch.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 patch.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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Patch.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with patch
Patch.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Patch belongs to software Project1 or Tune by Tune or Pocket Soft (

Description: Patch.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Patch.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 36,864 bytes. 
There is no description of the program. The program is not visible. The program is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Winlogon\Shell, Run). The patch.exe file is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 68% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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External information from Paul Collins:
There are different files with the same name:

Important: Some malware also uses the file name patch.exe, for example Win32:NetBus-AO [Trj] (detected by Avast), and Backdoor.Generic.181481 (detected by BitDefender). 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.


User Comments

It puts a trojan on keyhook.dll everytime windows starts
Some progs with this name are good but if you dont know if you put it on your pc its ISTVC Spyware
  bas   (further information)
Located in a C:/Program Files/ subfolder (iMacros, although seems unrelated)

Summary: Average user rating of patch.exe: based on 4 votes with 3 user comments. 4 users think patch.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it.

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Best practices for resolving patch issues

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