What is Pre.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 Pre.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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Pre.EXE file information

The process appears to belong to software pload by unknown.

Description: Pre.EXE is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Pre.EXE is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 35,380 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 43,572 bytes or 31,284 bytes. 
There is no file information. The program is not visible. Pre.EXE is not a Windows core file. The software listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. Pre.EXE is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 70% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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If Pre.EXE is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 64% dangerous. The file size is 32,768 bytes. There is no description of the program. The program has no visible window. The application starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). It is not a Windows system file.

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as Pre.EXE. Therefore, you should check the Pre.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

pre.exe belongs to malware program FRAUD.DESKTOP SECURITY 2011 and 2010.It installs in Windows prefetch and C:/documents and settings/owner/local settings/app data/pre.exe . it changes many registry entries and adds many files. It disables Explorer, Firefox, and AVG. It turns off Windows firewall and Windows Security Center.I removed it with Spybot Search and Destroy.
  Tony Timpeiro  

Summary: Average user rating of Pre.EXE: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user thinks Pre.EXE is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving Pre issues

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