What is Photoshop.exe?

The genuine Photoshop.exe file is a software component of Adobe Photoshop by Adobe Systems.
Adobe Photoshop is a raster graphics editor developed and published by Adobe Systems for Windows and OS X. Photoshop was created in 1988. It can edit and compose raster images in multiple layers and supports masks, alpha compositing and several color models. Photoshop has vast support for graphic file formats but also uses its own PSD and PSB file formats which support all the aforementioned features.

Photoshop stands for Adobe Photoshop

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 Photoshop.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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Photoshop.exe file information

The process known as Adobe Photoshop (version CS3, CS4, CS2, CS5) or Adobe Photoshop LiteĀ® Portable or Adobe Photoshop CS belongs to software Adobe Photoshop (version CS3, CS4, CS2, CS5) or Adobe Photoshop Lite Portable or Adobe Photoshop CS by Adobe Systems ( or PortableXapps.

Description: Photoshop.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Photoshop.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 13,179,660 bytes (75% of all occurrences), 199,307 bytes or 7,282,688 bytes. 
The file is not a Windows core file. Photoshop.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 19% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: The developer Adobe provides an update site and an uninstaller (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program ⇒ Adobe Photoshop CS6 or Adobe Photoshop CS3).

Recommended: Identify Photoshop.exe related errors

If Photoshop.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder, the security rating is 64% dangerous. The file size is 143,872 bytes. The program has a visible window. There is no information about the author of the file. The process starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: User Shell Folders, Winlogon\Shell). The file is not a Windows core file. Photoshop.exe is able to manipulate other programs.

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as Photoshop.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder, for example Backdoor:MSIL/Bladabindi (detected by Microsoft), and HEUR:Trojan.Win32.Generic (detected by Kaspersky). Therefore, you should check the Photoshop.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

Adobe Photoshop 7
  Imtek   (further information)
Adobe Photoshop, SAFE.
  Loki   (further information)
a great software for image edition
  photoshop fan   (further information)

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Summary: Average user rating of Photoshop.exe: based on 6 votes with 3 user comments. 5 users think Photoshop.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving Photoshop issues

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