What is ping.exe?

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.

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Ping.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with ping
Ping.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as TCP/IP Ping Command or TCP/IP-Befehl Ping belongs to software Microsoft Windows Operating System or Betriebssystem Microsoft Windows by Microsoft (

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 (55% 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. Ping.exe is able to monitor applications and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 10% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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Viruses with the same file name

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?

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.


User Comments

Seems to improve downloads speeds using a p2p/bittorent. decreases ping in multiplayer games
i want to delete ping.exe from windows
its is a plugin for azureus
Auto-Speed - Azureus BitTyrqnt Plugin
It's a hidden file on my Cowon D2+. It doesn't do anything as far as I know, but antivirus says its a threat, but it isn't.
Gets the round trip time for a packet
  Chalk   (further information)
When your internet connection is lagging you can ping the IP address of the IPv4 DHS server listed in the properties -- Details in your network and sharing centre to make it better. Used it loads of times and got great results
  Advanced user  
it occasionally spams my taskmanager
after installing google chrome internet is available only when ping.exe shows request timed out. Before that it worked well. My os is windows 7
  Abhijit Kashyap  
needed to test internet. ping has been running& starting on its own and my processor eventually runs up to %100 util. when nothing else is running
It is not necessary for anything, I've deleted it because it was infected with a trojan. It has been 2 months now fully using my PC and there have been 0 problems. OS: Windows 7 64bit. If you want to delete it you must be logged in as administrator, find ping.exe, change the owner to Administrator, close it in the task manager, then quickly shift+delete it.
  Guntis Belkovskis  
it constantly consumes my cpu. to put it simply, it's always make my cpu do a full throttle. suspected as a malware. it started since just 2 days ago, which makes my statement more obvious. 'cause ping.exe cant start on it's own. I'm wondering why all 3 of my antivirus can't see it as a malware.. i tried to search for the solution on the net, but no "so-useful" information was acquired. currently thinking that reformatting my C HDD and reinstalling my XP is the one and only, and also, the last solution.
I know that my comp is getting very hot because of ping.exe. It falls out after 5 mins or so. Strange...
it keep spaming task maneger and slowing internet conection and gaming
it's using 86% of my cpu while fifa 12 is 13% and facebook is 1%. It keeps restarting itself even after i killed the process
  annoyed windows user  
It spams my :C Window folder and it is called PING.exe
Ping is a normal part of windows. If you're having excess CPU that shows as Ping.exe, that means some process is using ping to DDOS some website. Your problem isn't Ping.exe, your problem is most likely a rootkit that is calling Ping to do its dirty work. Go to and get TDSSKILLER to clean out the rootkit. Antivirus software won't do the job for this.
  MrKnobs   (further information)
Ping.exe is not a viruis however it can turn into virus if it is found under the user profile
slows down computer for no reason?
It's rootkit, use TDSSKiller from Kaspersky Lab to resolve problem, it's worked for me
I have win7. my file is in system32. it is not ping32 it is just ping real name is TCP/IP Ping Command. harmless to me. cheers.
It's a comes with av sceurity 2012. it consumes a lot of cpu. I used combofix and avast and been clean for three days so far.
  Windows 7 32-bit  
I did have high processor use because of pin.exe it was in a gama called ship simulator extreme a few files did cause the problem and i have solved it with COMBOFIX now its working oke again.
  sgCrosshair   (further information)
It uses up my processor like crazy!
Takes up a ton of resources and memory, can't be a legit process.
it completely slows down my downloads, and makes internet pages take more longer to load, after ending the process in task manager after a few minutes later it comes back and uses even more memory (watched it one time in task manager the memory usage increased quickly) i think it may be dangerous cause when i had a virus the same effect happened
Ping.exe seems to cause power overage leading to system failure on my Dell 360. I want it to go way.
  Rodney Burke  
it slows down steam and any steam games when online
  peter gibbs  
It's using more than 200k memory , according to taskmanager . clearly excessive. computer runs multi-tabbed chrome at only 20k
TCP/IP ping command, by microsoft, and eats Prossesor power
ping is an IPv4 tracer that increases speed in which the browser finds the sever, and can be uninstalled very easily if necessary. You can also set a proximity so that the thing doesn't "eat" processer power
seems like microsoft process but my firewall alerted me. this is first time ping.exe has been launched and dono what is the reason...
Ping.exe is a process that pups up when you run the ping command in command prompt, however i have a problem. I started my pc and i see ping.exe running, that doesnt really make any sence. HMMM
Please note, There are two ping.exe out in the world There is a legit windows exe, but also, the malware Ping.exe, which is a bitcoin miner virus that installs onto your computer.
c:\ windows\system32\ping.exe
It a manager of the kernel of windows OS and it does nothing to harm your computer Ping.exe is safe for it to be on your computer. Not the virus versions of it and viruses that Discise itself as ping.exe
  Justin Felker   (further information)

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of ping.exe: based on 38 votes with 36 user comments. 8 users think ping.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 4 users think it's probably harmless. 12 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 5 users suspect danger. 9 users think ping.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 7 users don't grade ping.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving ping issues

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 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 ping.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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