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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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.
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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 ▾
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.