What is Rainmeter.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 Rainmeter.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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Rainmeter.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with Rainmeter
Rainmeter.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Rainmeter - A Customizable Resource Meter belongs to software Rainmeter by Open Source Developer, Rainmeter or Rainmeter (Open Source Software).

Description: Rainmeter.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Rainmeter.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 118,784 bytes (24% of all occurrences), 36,024 bytes and 10 more variants. 
The program has a visible window. There is no file information. It is not a Windows system file. The process is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: User Shell Folders, MACHINE\User Shell Folders, Run). It is digitally signed. Therefore the technical security rating is 33% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You can completely remove Rainmeter (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program) or go to the support area of the Rainmeter website.

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If Rainmeter.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\, the security rating is 36% dangerous. The file size is 116,736 bytes. The program has a visible window. It is a file with no information about its developer. The Rainmeter.exe file is not a Windows core file. The program is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: User Shell Folders, MACHINE\User Shell Folders, Run).

Uninstalling this variant: You can completely remove Rainmeter (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as Rainmeter.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the Rainmeter.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

It's a programm for control CPU, RAM, memory
Acts like windows sidebar, completely safe. Lighter, though.
    (further information)
Rainmeter 1.1 Release
  sgtevmckay   (further information)
I use it. It's an application for displaying system information in a highly configurable way. It has a number of modules to do things like display the weather, or the status of an MP3 player.
  kameoosama   (further information)
If installed via developer's website, it is 100% safe. It acts as a graphical desktop interface that is fully customizable.
  Helpful1   (further information)
It is a desktop theme with several skins performing various tasks.
  miked-wa   (further information)
Very useful for customizing the desktop

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of Rainmeter.exe: based on 7 votes with 7 user comments. 2 users think Rainmeter.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 4 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving Rainmeter issues

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