What is php.exe?

The genuine php.exe file is a software component of PHP Thread Safe Command Line Interface by The PHP Group.
PHP is a server-side scripting language designed for web development but also used as a general-purpose programming language. Originally created by Rasmus Lerdorf in 1994, the reference implementation of PHP (powered by the Zend Engine) is now produced by The PHP Group. PHP originally stood for Personal Home Page. The canonical PHP interpreter, powered by the Zend Engine, is free software released under the PHP License. PHP has been widely ported and can be deployed on most web servers on almost every operating system and platform, free of charge.

PHP stands for PHP Script Interpreter

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 php.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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Php.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with php
Php.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as CLI belongs to software PHP or PHP php.exe by The PHP Group.

Description: Php.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Php.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder. The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 28,739 bytes. 
The program has a visible window. The application has no file description. The application starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: User Shell Folders). Php.exe is not a Windows system file. php.exe appears to be a compressed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 52% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as php.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the php.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

The particular instance of this file i have is a php interpreter for IGN bot for use with anarchy online, a sci-fi mmog, safe as houses.
  ly   (further information)
CLI execution of PHP scripts, used in old webservers and for "stand-alone" scripts
  Somethief   (further information)

Summary: Average user rating of php.exe: based on 2 votes with 2 user comments. 2 users think php.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application.

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Best practices for resolving php issues

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