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What is pythonw.exe?

Pythonw.exe is a executable file (a program) within Windows. The filename extension .exe denotes an executable file. You should only run executable files from publishers you trust, because executable files can potentially change your computer settings or harm your computer. The free file information forum can help you determine if pythonw.exe is a virus, trojan, spyware, or adware that you can remove, or a file belonging to a Windows system or to an application you can trust.

Pythonw.exe file information

The process known as ActiveState ActivePython (version (32-bit)) belongs to software Python or Python 2.7 pywin32-217 or ActiveState ActivePython by Martin v. Löwis or ActiveState Software (www.activestate.com).

Description: Pythonw.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. pythonw.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 7/XP are 5,120 bytes (36% of all occurrences), 24,576 bytes, 20,546 bytes, 27,648 bytes or 20,540 bytes. http://www.file.net/process/pythonw.exe.html 
There is no information about the author of the file. Pythonw.exe is not a Windows core file. The program has no visible window. Therefore the technical security rating is 49% dangerous, however also read the users reviews.
In the event of any problems with pythonw.exe, you might want to uninstall the software Python or Duden Referatemanager using the "Add or Remove Programs" function of Windows Control Panel (Windows: Start, Settings, Control Panel, Add or Remove Programs).

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If pythonw.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\, the security rating is 66% dangerous. The file size is 27,136 bytes (40% of all occurrences), 5,120 bytes, 20,527 bytes or 24,576 bytes. The program has no file description. The program is not visible. The program can be removed using the control panel Add\Remove programs applet. Pythonw.exe is not a Windows system file. The application listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet.
In the event of any problems with pythonw.exe, you might want to do the following:

  • visit the www.activestate.com support page
  • make sure that you have installed the latest version
  • uninstall the software ActiveState ActivePython or Python using the "Add or Remove Programs" function of Windows Control Panel (Windows: Start, Settings, Control Panel, Add or Remove Programs)

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as pythonw.exe, particularly when located in the c:\windows or c:\windows\system32 folder. Therefore, you should check the pythonw.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

I know that the software to link above I paid for to get rid of the pythonw.exe has stopped working problem was of no help. Only lined someones pockets as the problem is still there and I am unable to run some programs.
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It's from the Python runtime. It's for a programming language
  Seth   (further information)
pythonw.exe is leftovers from python programming code, can not cause virus or anything harmful unless python is installed onto your machine
  Nicholas Robert Butkus   (further information)
It's a programming language, retards.
  PWNAGE   (further information)
pythonw allows python to be run from the command prompt. See link below for more information, and search on the page for "pythonw"
  DW   (further information)
This is the version of python.exe that runs graphical interface applications-- it doesn't launch a system shell; Learn more about Python and how Python is not a virus but a programming language at www.python.org; really silly false positive.
  Nicolai Mork   (further information)
It's true pythonw is from python programs, but I closed python module and all associated programs, and there are 6 pythonw process in my task manager. Might be a hacker's way of camouflaging? IDK
  loldog   (further information)
I need it to install gramps family tree builder on windows 7
  Gert Jordaan  
I hoped pythonw would execute a .py or .pyw program without a DOS window. It does not, seems worthless but harmless.
  WW Boxer  
It's just the binary for the python programming language interpreter. No more suspicious than a file called word.exe. Program might be written in python without you thinking about it, and this file will then be installed and executing.
  anders   (further information)
Python is a programming language. A python script is executed by python.exe by default, but if you want to suppress the terminal window, the pythonw.exe is used. Normally, it is harmless, More information on the Python doc. I added a link. Look for "3.3.4. Executing scripts"
  0#1   (further information)
Part of Python programming language
  BJR   (further information)

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of pythonw.exe: based on 17 votes with 13 user comments.
8 users think pythonw.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. 4 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. 2 users think pythonw.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it.

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