What is postgres.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 postgres.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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Postgres.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with postgres
Postgres.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as PostgreSQL Server or hehe or PostgreSQL (version 8.3)

belongs to software PostgreSQL or ManageEngine Applications Manager (version 12) or ManageEngine OpManager or ManageEngine EventLog Analyzer (version 9) or C9 PostgreSQL or ADAudit Plus or ManageEngine Desktop Central (version 9 - Server) or ManageEngine OpUtils

by PostgreSQL Global Development Group ( or Microsoft (

Description: Postgres.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The postgres.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 5,518,336 bytes (11% of all occurrences), 3,674,112 bytes and 61 more variants. 
The program has no visible window. The postgres.exe file is not a Windows system file. Postgres.exe is able to connect to the Internet. Therefore the technical security rating is 46% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If problems with PostgreSQL or ManageEngine Applications Manager 12 come up, you could also do the following:

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as postgres.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder, for example Generic PUA LI (detected by Sophos), and Trojan.GenericKD.1160771 (detected by BitDefender). Therefore, you should check the postgres.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

file for Windows system
file of database-server
  treffnix   (further information)
  Zoobiker   (further information)
postgres.exe is a process belonging to the PostgreSQL relational database management system
SQL database server
Used by Dell OpenManage - Path may be C:\Program Files\Dell\OpenManagePowerCenter\external\pgsql\bin
In some cases... it uses more than 50 percent of CPU... Computer Can Crash. Im my case in a folder called Adobe64... which means hackers often use postgres.exe as camouflage.
it is mostly a SQL database server file
  jimgs   (further information)
Datenbank Server

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Summary: Average user rating of postgres.exe: based on 8 votes with 9 user comments. 4 users think postgres.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving postgres issues

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