What is procexp64.exe?

The genuine procexp64.exe file is a software component of Sysinternals Process Explorer by Microsoft.
Procexp64.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.

ProcExp64 stands for Sysinternals Process Explorer (64-bit)

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 procexp64.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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Procexp64.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with procexp64
Procexp64.exe process in Windows Task Manager

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

Description: Procexp64.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Procexp64.exe is located in the Windows folder for temporary files. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,444,000 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 1,347,216 bytes, 1,548,856 bytes, 1,334,128 bytes or 1,620,992 bytes. 
The file has a digital signature. Procexp64.exe is not a Windows core file. Procexp64.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 19% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In case of problems with procexp64.exe, you could also do the following:

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as procexp64.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the procexp64.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

Replacement for Task Manager - extensive troubleshooting capabilities
  john watt   (further information)
absolut ungefährlich. die procexp64.exe ist ein verbesserter und erweiterter TaskManager mit tonnenweisen Infos zu geladenen Prozessen und /oder Programmen - all das, was der TaskManager alleine nicht bietet
  LMP67   (further information)
alternativer Taskmanager jedoch eher für erfahrene Nutzer
    (further information)
Part of a tree created by process explorer tool. Process explorer is a malware removal tool that helps you find and shut down unwanted or dangerous programs so you can easily delete them. This program is mostly safe but can cause issues if used incorrectly.
Erweiterter Task Manager von Microsoft
It's a valid Sysinternals tool that can give way more information than the built in Task Manager
I have been a user of PROCEXP for a number of years and find it very useful. I have used it to get a good understanding of what is running on my system and it has allowed me to kill processes I did not need.

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Summary: Average user rating of procexp64.exe: based on 7 votes with 7 user comments. 3 users think procexp64.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 3 users think it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving procexp64 issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with procexp64. 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 procexp64.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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