What is PersonalizeEnabler.exe?

The genuine 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.

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 PersonalizeEnabler.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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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 (81% of all occurrences) or 79,872 bytes. 
It is a file with no information about its developer. It is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The program is not visible. The file is not a Windows core file. PersonalizeEnabler.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 73% dangerous.

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Important: Some malware also uses the file name PersonalizeEnabler.exe, for example WS.Reputation.1 (detected by Symantec), and Backdoor.Win32.Swrort.cap (detected by Kaspersky). Therefore, 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

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

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