What is procexp.exe?

The genuine procexp.exe file is a software component of Sysinternals Process Explorer by Microsoft.
Procexp.exe is an executable file that runs Sysinternals Process Explorer, a tool that acts as a replacement for the task manager and provides extensive troubleshooting capabilities. This is not a critical Windows component and should be removed if known to cause problems. Process Explorer is a utility that lets users view detailed information on running processes for debugging software or troubleshooting problems. The tool can also be used to search for resources that are held by a particular process, for example, searching for what program is keeping a file open and preventing its use by other programs. The latest version of Process Explorer provides GPU (graphics processing unit) monitoring. Process Explorer was first released on September 11, 2014. Sysinternals is a website launched in 1996 by Mark Russinovich and Bryce Cogswell to host their free yet advanced system utilities designed to administer and monitor computers running Microsoft Windows. In 2006, Microsoft acquired Sysinternals, as well as Winternals Software LP, the company that operated the Sysinternals website. Windows Sysinternals is currently part of the Microsoft TechNet website. Microsoft was founded in 1975 by Bill Gates and Paul Allen and quickly rose to prominence following the launch of their popular operating system, MS-DOS for early personal computers. After the company went public in 1986, its rising share prices created three billionaires and roughly 12,000 millionaires from Microsoft employees. Microsoft began developing graphical user interfaces and the distinguishable Start-button after the introduction of Windows 95. Further additions like networking and security soon followed. Microsoft is currently headquartered in Redmond, Washington, USA.

ProcExp stands for Sysinternals Process Explorer

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 procexp.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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Procexp.exe file information

The process known as Sysinternals Process Explorer belongs to software Process Explorer or Sysinternals Utilities by Sysinternals - ( or Sysinternals ( or Microsoft (

Description: Procexp.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Procexp.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder or sometimes in a subfolder of C:\Windows or in the "C:\Program Files" folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 2,508,432 bytes (30% of all occurrences), 2,694,816 bytes and 20 more variants. 
It is not a Windows system file. Procexp.exe is digitally signed. The program is not visible. Procexp.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 41% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you run into problems with procexp.exe, you may also do the following:
  • look for help on the [1][2] website
  • uninstall procexp or Sysinternals Utilities software via Windows Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 10/8/7)

Recommended: Identify procexp.exe related errors

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

"process explorer begins where windows task manager ends"...from the developers homepage. An excellent application and free. Go check out the site, LOADS of free interesting system analysis tools for d/loading + truly helpful stuff for developers etc.
Taskmanager Ersatz
Sehr guter Task-Explorer
been using it for over a year...10 stars
good for trojans
It shows a list of executing Windows processes
good taskmanager replacement from sysinternals, which is now acquired by Microsoft
  gerard2005   (further information)
Supergutes Tool
its a cleaning file
Unbelieveably useful.
hacker software
it show the virus file and sec patchs
Excellent program
  Richard Stone  
very useful tool, diffrentiates user and system processes, provides description for known processes, doubtful processes can be identified(with no desc) and the location of file that started the process is available too
  Abhay Chopra  
Excellent Replacement for Task Manager. Adds extra functionality and ease in trapping wayward applications
Essential tool for shutting down processes and keeping them closed to remove. Especially new viruses and the like that auto restart when stopped with task manager
Amazing free program for checking what your windows machine is running. Rated 2 instead of 1 because you can damage your own machine by killing the wrong processes if you don't know what you're doing.
Powerful Task Magager like Utility, good for killing viruses currently running in memory
  Odin Sonnah   (further information)
It's the Process Explorer
microsoft library of free tech tools
  terrynutkins   (further information)
so far so good. used it for 24 months or so.
best Taskmanager ever!
I had before the latest sessions with your co. Your tech removed it on 1/30/2015 or 1/31/2015.
  John Lawless  

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of procexp.exe: based on 27 votes with 23 user comments. 17 users think procexp.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 6 users think it's probably harmless. 3 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user thinks procexp.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it. 3 users don't grade procexp.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving procexp issues

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