What is ping.exe?
Ping.exe is a executable file (a program) within Windows. The filename extension .exe denotes an executable file. You should only run executable files from publishers you trust, because executable files can potentially change your computer settings or harm your computer. The free file information forum can help you determine if ping.exe is a virus, trojan, spyware, or adware that you can remove, or a file belonging to a Windows system or to an application you can trust.
Ping.exe file information
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 folder C:\Windows\System32 or sometimes in a subfolder of C:\Windows.
Known file sizes on Windows 7/XP are 17,920 bytes (61% of all occurrences), 18,944 bytes, 15,360 bytes, 19,456 bytes or 18,432 bytes.
Ping.exe is a trustworthy file from Microsoft. The program has no visible window. Ping.exe is able to monitor applications and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 11% dangerous, however also read the users 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? If ping.exe is located in the folder C:\Windows, the security rating is 80% dangerous. The file size is 311,296 bytes (57% of all occurrences), 307,200 bytes, 307,712 bytes or 311,808 bytes. There is no file information. The file is an unknown file in the Windows folder. It is not a Windows core file. The program has no visible window. The software uses ports to connect to a LAN or the Internet. Ping.exe is able to record 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.
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