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 proxy.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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Description: Proxy.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Proxy.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files".
Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 86,133 bytes (42% of all occurrences), 5,484,677 bytes, 262,144 bytes, 4,952,064 bytes or 61,440 bytes.
It is not a Windows core file. The process listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. The program is not visible. Therefore the technical security rating is 57% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.
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If proxy.exe is located in the C:\Windows folder, the security rating is 56% dangerous. The file size is 4,346,744 bytes (60% of all occurrences) or 5,499,768 bytes. There is no description of the program. The proxy.exe file is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The program is not visible. The file is not a Windows system file.
If proxy.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder, the security rating is 80% dangerous. The file size is 28,672 bytes (50% of all occurrences) or 409,088 bytes. The program is not visible. Proxy.exe is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The proxy.exe file is not a Windows core file.
If proxy.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows, the security rating is 90% dangerous. The file size is 607,744 bytes.
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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as proxy.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder, for example Trojan.Gen or Backdoor.Graybird (detected by Symantec), and TROJ_GEN.R47E1IG or TROJ_DELF.EQW (detected by TrendMicro). Therefore, you should check the proxy.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.
A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with proxy. 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 proxy.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.