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 ping.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.
Description: The original ping.exe from Microsoft is an important part of Windows, but often causes problems. The file ping.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder or sometimes in a subfolder of C:\Windows.
Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 17,920 bytes (60% of all occurrences), 15,360 bytes, 18,944 bytes, 19,456 bytes or 18,432 bytes.
Ping.exe is a Windows core system file. It is a Microsoft signed file. The program has no visible window. The process uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. Ping.exe is able to monitor applications and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 11% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.
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Is ping.exe a virus? No, it is not. The true ping.exe file is a safe Microsoft Windows system process, called "TCP/IP Ping Command".
However, writers of malware programs, such as viruses, worms, and Trojans deliberately give their processes the same file name to escape detection. Viruses with the same file name are for example BKDR_DELF.HUA or BKDR_DELF.BXK (detected by TrendMicro), and Infostealer or W32.Spybot.Worm (detected by Symantec).
To ensure that no rogue ping.exe is running on your PC, click here to run a Free Malware Scan.
How to recognize suspicious variants?
If ping.exe is located in the C:\Windows folder, the security rating is 80% dangerous. The file size is 311,296 bytes (80% of all occurrences) or 311,808 bytes. There is no description of the program. It is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. Ping.exe is not a Windows core file. The program has no visible window. The program listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. Ping.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs.
Important: Some malware disguises itself as ping.exe, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the ping.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.
A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with ping. 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 ping.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.