What is QQ.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 QQ.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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QQ.exe file information

The process known as QQ International belongs to software Tencent QQ or Sanook! QQ or Server by Tencent (

Description: QQ.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. QQ.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 128,416 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 524,288 bytes and 5 more variants. 
It is not a Windows system file. The software can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. The file is a Verisign signed file. QQ.exe is digitally signed. The program starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: Run, MACHINE\Run, User Shell Folders). QQ.exe is able to manipulate other programs, connect to the Internet, record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 27% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: There is a possibility to uninstall the software Tencent QQ or ÌÚѶQQ2011 using the Uninstall a Program function of Windows Control Panel (Windows: Start, Settings, Control Panel, Uninstall a Program).

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If QQ.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\, the security rating is 12% dangerous. The file size is 2,012,568 bytes. The program has a visible window. The application has no file description. The file is a Verisign signed file. The file has a digital signature. QQ.exe is not a Windows core file. The process listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. QQ.exe is able to connect to the Internet and monitor applications.

Important: Some malware also uses the file name QQ.exe, for example Backdoor.Trojan (detected by Symantec), and Gen:Variant.Graftor.287783 (detected by BitDefender). Therefore, you should check the QQ.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

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Summary: Average user rating of QQ.exe: based on 11 votes with 1 user comment. 4 users think QQ.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user suspects danger. 5 users think QQ.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving QQ issues

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