What is Plugin.exe?

The genuine Plugin.exe file is a software component of Unwanted Program.
Plugin.exe is file created by a PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program) that is known to inject adware into affected computers. This is not an essential process for Windows and should be disabled. Plugin.exe often runs processes which consume high system resources. The program can inject adware into the Internet browser and divert the user to websites affiliated with the software. Removing this program with an anti-malware program is highly recommended.

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 Plugin.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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Plugin.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with Plugin
Plugin.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process

belongs to software Smile District

by Cat Dog or Sale Tube or Express Find or Razor Web or Middle Rush or Hard Paint or Golden Dock or Great Find or Arctic World or Jazz Spot or High Stairs or Bronze Aid or Record Page or Pop Bubbles.

Description: Plugin.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Plugin.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 480,528 bytes (1% of all occurrences), 458,464 bytes and 181 more variants. 
The program has no file description. The program has no visible window. The file is not a Windows system file. The Plugin.exe file is a Verisign signed file. It is digitally signed. Plugin.exe is able to monitor applications and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 58% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you want to remove the program completely, go to Control Panel ⇒ Software ⇒ Utility Common Driver.

Recommended: Identify Plugin.exe related errors

External information from Paul Collins:

Important: Some malware also uses the file name Plugin.exe, for example Gen:Adware.BrowseFox.1 (detected by BitDefender), and TROJ_GEN.R047C0EBI15 or TROJ_DYER.BMC (detected by TrendMicro). Therefore, you should check the Plugin.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If Smile District has changed your browser's search engine and start page, you can recover your browser's default settings as follows:

Reset default browser settings for Internet-Explorer ▾
  1. In Internet Explorer, press the key combination Alt + X to open the Tools menu.
  2. Click Internet options.
  3. Click the Advanced tab.
  4. Click the Reset... button.
  5. Enable the Delete personal settings option.
This will reset your Internet Explorer to its default settings. Your browser will start with the familiar start page and search engine—without popups, ads, cookies, but all browser add-ons are deleted too [1]. Make cleaning up your browser and your computer simpler and safer with Security Task Manager.


User Comments

Simple remove: boot system in "safe mode command prompt" (F8 on boot), then type in command prompt "explorer"(Enter), then Run/execute "msconfig", autoexec field, uncheck "plugin.exe"
if this in "Program files" folder - it is SMS_trojan, which will show to you blocking porn-banner and asks you to send sms for paying for disabling banner
propram photo
Adult content pop-up window
I found a way to remove it. Go to Task Manager. Tick the 'Show processes from all users' and remove all process related to plugin starting with the process open by the SYSTEM. After u did that u are free to delete it. :D I hope it help
  William Teh  
it will not allow you to delete the folder even if non of the program is running, it then just reapears on boot
It was consuming a great part of my CPU; ran in background in several copies. Appeared with an adware infection which was successfully removed by Zone Alarm, but persisted after adware removal. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware scan showed large number of infections undetected by Zone Alarm and Avast, and the removal of those fully removed Plugin.exe from the list of background processes.
its a virus
Plugin.exe is also associated with "Search Quick Know." It is using this program to attempt to contact its server. Your firewall should block it and ask if you want to allow. Uninstall Search Quick Know if you can. It is in the Program Files (x86) folder. Search it on the web for more tips.
Is really annoying me and won't let me go on the Internet
It is being shown by avast warning as a threat. deleted from task manager once, but is still recurring. I can't find it in the programs list. Very annoying. Run spyhunter, didn't come up with it. Tried malwarebytes and avast pro scans, no joy.
  Clive Nicholas   (further information)
It is a nuisance constantly freezing my computer.

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of Plugin.exe: based on 20 votes with 12 user comments. 4 users think Plugin.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 3 users think it's probably harmless. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 6 users suspect danger. 5 users think Plugin.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 2 users don't grade Plugin.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving Plugin issues

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