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 pythonw.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.
The process known as ActiveState ActivePython (version 184.108.40.206 (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 8/7/XP are 5,120 bytes (36% of all occurrences), 24,576 bytes, 27,648 bytes, 20,546 bytes or 20,540 bytes.
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 you should also read the user 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 59% dangerous. The file size is 27,136 bytes (42% of all occurrences), 27,648 bytes, 5,120 bytes, 24,576 bytes or 20,527 bytes.
The program has no file description. The program is not visible. The program can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. Pythonw.exe is not a Windows system file.
In the event of any problems with pythonw.exe, you might want to do the following:
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.
A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with pythonw. 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 doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, 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 pythonw.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.