What is polipo.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 polipo.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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Polipo.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with polipo
Polipo.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as VIPRE Business or Mr.Zhang (version 0.06) belongs to software Steganos Internet Anonym (version 2012) or VIPRE Business or Mr.Zhang by ThreatTrack Security.

Description: Polipo.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Polipo.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 181,248 bytes (56% of all occurrences), 632,272 bytes and 7 more variants. 
The software has no file description. The program is not visible. It is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 64% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you still experience problems with polipo.exe, you can visit the website or uninstall Steganos Internet Anonym 2012 or Polipo software via Windows Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 10/8/7).

Recommended: Identify polipo.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as polipo.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the polipo.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

This is for the Vidalia and Tor utility for Proxy etc. -see link
  Tom Dubfunk B   (further information)
Ist Bestandteil z.B. von Steganos Internet Anonym 2012 (auf PCWelt-DVD 12/2011)
  Bert Ihringer  
Programmteil für die Software TOR
It's part of Vidalia Bundle Pack (Tor)
This polipo.exe is a legit executable web proxy. However someone has used it lately for malicious exploit that downloads a worm onto the victim's computer through tor and powershell. This application runs on port 8123. It is located in %Appdata% under Roaming in a folder usually make up of numbers. Infects word and excel documents. If you delete polipo.exe from the Appdata directory. It replicates itself through the use of macros on the word and excel programs when you run the document or book. I'm still working on how to remove this file. Stay tuned.
Keine Panik, nur ein Programm um im Netz Anonym zu bleiben. Sowas wie'n IP-Changer nur besser. Sollte das Teil dennoch Sch***e bauen, schmeißt's einfach runter, kein Problem^^
  Der Dezi  
Polipo ist ein Proxy, u.a. für das Cachen von Webseiten, u. kann anstelle von Privoxy für das anonyme Surfen mit Tor eingesetzt werden. Das Original ist empfehlenswert, liegt aber m. Wissens für Windows nur als Source vor. Gut möglich, dass es in einem Vidalia Paket integriert ist, dann ist es zum anonymen Surfen notwendig. Aber von dubiosen Quellen bezogen, kann auch Vidalia virenverseucht sein. Deshalb Software immer nur direkt vom Hersteller herunterladen, um das Virenrisiko zu minimieren...
  Tuxel   (further information)

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of polipo.exe: based on 8 votes with 7 user comments. 2 users think polipo.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. 3 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user thinks polipo.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving polipo issues

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