How to remove the PersonalizeEnabler virus

Most antivirus programs identify PersonalizeEnabler.exe as malware.

The PersonalizeEnabler.exe file is a software component of Windows 8.
Personalize Enabler is a utility that allows copies of Windows 8 that were activated by unauthorized means to have personalization enabled. By default, if a copy of Windows 8 is not activated properly, personalization is disabled. This process is routinely used by software pirates and should not be trusted.

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PersonalizeEnabler.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with PersonalizeEnabler
PersonalizeEnabler.exe process in Windows Task Manager

There is no information about the producer in the PersonalizeEnabler.exe process.

Description: PersonalizeEnabler.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file PersonalizeEnabler.exe is located in the C:\Windows folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 87,040 bytes (77% of all occurrences) or 79,872 bytes. 
It is a file with no information about its developer. The program is not visible. It is not a Windows system file. The file is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. PersonalizeEnabler.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 75% dangerous.

Recommended: Identify PersonalizeEnabler.exe related errors

Important: You should check the PersonalizeEnabler.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 PersonalizeEnabler issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: ASecurity Task Manager examines the active PersonalizeEnabler process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known Banti-malware tool tells you if the PersonalizeEnabler.exe on your computer displays annoying ads, slowing it down. This type of unwanted adware program is not considered by some antivirus software to be a virus and is therefore not marked for cleanup.

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding PC trouble. 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.

Other processes

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