What is Patcher.exe?

"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.

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Patcher.exe file information

The process known as Blackshot Patcher (version 2016 playone version) or Patcher MFC belongs to software Patcher or BlackShot Patcher by Vertigo Games.

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 1,431,832 bytes (25% of all occurrences), 1,384,448 bytes, 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 and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 20% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: The software vendor offers the option to uninstall BlackshotPatcher or MapleStory software via Windows Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 10/8/7) or look for help on the website.

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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 file information. The program is not visible. The file 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.


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Best practices for resolving Patcher issues

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 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 Patcher.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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