What is proxy.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 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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Proxy.exe file information

The process known as Getwork-compatible proxy for Stratum mining pools or QFm1cFM0CVJ339I or GhostSurf proxy belongs to software stratum_mining_proxy or GhostSurf (version 2007 Platinum) or cPOtE2hIWnD6oUn by 1fqmZ01faBvV22r or Tenebril (

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.

Uninstalling this variant: If you have any problems with proxy.exe, you could uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program > GhostSurf 2007 Platinum or GhostSurf 2005 Platinum).

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External information from Paul Collins:

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.


User Comments

A good proxy server and works perfectly but does not connect the outlook express
  Manish Kumar Sharma  
how to remove virus
  a.satheesh kumae  
partie de GhostSurf (bonne protection sur le Net)
It seems to disable IE ability to connect to the internet by checking "use proxy server" in LAN settings.
It's A Proxy Serer to Block Bad Web Sites
If you have any version of GhostSurf installed it is definitely part of GhostSurf. However, it is buggy, many users have complained that it turns into a CPU hog, rendering the computer nearly unusable (and if you kill the task, your browser will not connect until you reset it to connect directly). Fixing this problem requires a reboot, after which it behaves normally.
  johnyaya   (further information)
related to 3proxy
  Ajit Dhiwal   (further information)
it's software for hidden your ip adress
  oracle737   (further information)

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of proxy.exe: based on 10 votes with 8 user comments. 5 users think proxy.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 3 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user thinks proxy.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving proxy issues

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.

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