"patcher.exe" is a file found in many software programs - mostly antivirus software and games. The file handles automatic updating and checks for the latest patches for the program. Most programs can run without this file by simply updating manually, but it adds convenience and better security by ensuring that the software is always up to date. Antivirus such as Trend Micro and games such as Perfect World International and Forsaken World are a few examples of software that uses the "patcher.exe" file.
Patcher stands for Patcher MFC
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 patcher.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.
Description: Patcher.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Patcher.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files".
Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,384,448 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 2,213,888 bytes or 462,848 bytes.
The application listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. The patcher.exe file is not a Windows system file. Patcher.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 27% dangerous.
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If patcher.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder, the security rating is 56% dangerous. The file size is 13,179,660 bytes. There is no description of the program. The program is not visible. Patcher.exe is not a Windows system file.
Important: Some malware camouflages itself as patcher.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the patcher.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.
A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with patcher. 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 patcher.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.