What is Reboot.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 Reboot.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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Reboot.exe file information

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

The process known as Reboot Setup belongs to software Win32 Setup-Execute by Elitegroup Computer Systems.

Description: Reboot.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Reboot.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 409,088 bytes (57% of all occurrences), 432,128 bytes and 4 more variants. 
The program has a visible window. There is no description of the program. The process starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\User Shell Folders, User Shell Folders, Shell Folders, DEFAULT\User Shell Folders). The Reboot.exe file is not a Windows core file. Reboot.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 28% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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If Reboot.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 47% dangerous. The file size is 409,088 bytes (56% of all occurrences), 369,664 bytes or 409,600 bytes. The program has a visible window. The program has no file description. The software starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\User Shell Folders, User Shell Folders, Shell Folders, DEFAULT\User Shell Folders). It is not a Windows core file. Reboot.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs.

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Important: Some malware also uses the file name Reboot.exe, for example Generic PUP (detected by McAfee), and HKTL_REBOOT (detected by TrendMicro). Therefore, you should check the Reboot.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

today avast! found Win32:Trojan-gen.{Delphi} in reboot.exe, and I had it deleted.
Found in Startup folder in Start Menu
appears to be trojan.
Rebooter MFC Application
if its in startup, probably not supposed to be there
found in startup folder NOT M$ no company listed lang china
  frank K  
I got it from an old CD I had for my PC133 motherboard. It was part of one of the programs that came on that disc
according to mcaffee its a virus
my virus program called it a "HacksTool" so therefore we quarantined it.
its a win32 application it destroys the winxp system, sometimes u will think there is problem with your mainboard, but its useless on win98
nothing, Komodo brought it up as malware. I have it in quarintine
Listed in msconfig.exe as a startup program, no idea how it got there, supposedly exists in startup folder for all users. Not to be trusted.
in system32 = trojan
i believe it was installed today with the drivers for my new razer lachesis gaming mouse
  Pierre "Greywacke" du Toit   (further information)
It isn't a virus (in startup folder)
Malware and slows computer down.
Zone Alarm says its Malicious
PUP: Virus: Was found by my AVG scan and deleted. In Windows\System 32\Reboot.exe

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of Reboot.exe: based on 22 votes with 18 user comments. 2 users think Reboot.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 4 users suspect danger. 14 users think Reboot.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 5 users don't grade Reboot.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving Reboot issues

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