What is PokerStars.exe?

The genuine PokerStars.exe file is a software component of PokerStars by PokerStars Team.
PokerStars.exe is an executable file that runs the PokerStars program, an application that lets users play online poker with players from around the world. This is not an essential Windows process and can be disabled if known to create problems. PokerStars offers players an online portal to play Poker and win live poker tournaments. The game provides free passes every day and entrance tickets for $1.20. Players can take part in the weekly tournament, the Sunday Million and the yearly World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP). PokerStars currently provides membership for over 50 million people. The company features downloadable clients for Windows and Mac, as well as Android and iOS.

PokerStars stands for PokerStars GUI

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 PokerStars.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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PokerStars.exe file information

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

The process known as PokerStars GUI belongs to software or PokerStars by PokerStars (

Description: PokerStars.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. PokerStars.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 7,752,216 bytes (20% of all occurrences), 5,484,376 bytes, 4,302,104 bytes, 4,923,224 bytes or 4,946,200 bytes. 
The program has a visible window. The file is not a Windows core file. The file has a digital signature. It is a Verisign signed file. The software uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. PokerStars.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 1% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: If you encounter difficulties with PokerStars.exe, you might want to completely remove PokerStars or (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as PokerStars.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the PokerStars.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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Best practices for resolving PokerStars issues

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

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