What is pq.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 pq.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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Pq.exe file information

The process belongs to software Supreme Commander or Progress Quest by Grumdrig.

Description: Pq.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The pq.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of C:\. The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 322,663 bytes. 
There is an icon for this program on the taskbar next to the clock. The program has a visible window. Pq.exe is a file with no information about its developer. It is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 22% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In case of any problems with pq.exe, you may want to safely remove the program using the uninstall program of Supreme Commander (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

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

Progress Quest game client
  vampire   (further information)
Software for daily wallpapers and inspirational quotes.
  The Hitman   (further information)
PQ is an online IMMORPG, Idle Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game, where you do nothing but watch your character make progress for you. It takes up almost no processing power and is entirely safe.

Summary: Average user rating of pq.exe: based on 3 votes with 3 user comments. 2 users think pq.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving pq issues

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