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What is regedit.exe?

Regedit.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 regedit.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.

Regedit.exe file information

The process known as Registry Editor or htajmlerxqawdsmy belongs to software Microsoft Windows Operating System or Outerinfo by Microsoft (www.microsoft.com) or vvpkkihpcehy.

Description: The original regedit.exe is an important part of Windows and rarely causes problems. The file regedit.exe is located in the folder C:\Windows or sometimes in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 7/XP are 146,432 bytes (52% of all occurrences), 153,600 bytes and 10 more variants. http://www.file.net/process/regedit.exe.html 
The program has a visible window. It is a trustworthy file from Microsoft. It is a Windows core system file. Therefore the technical security rating is 1% dangerous; however you should also read the users reviews.

Recommended: Identify regedit.exe related errors

If regedit.exe is located in the folder C:\Windows\System32, the security rating is 55% dangerous. The file size is 226,816 bytes (25% of all occurrences), 40,448 bytes and 5 more variants. There is no information about the author of the file. The process starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run). The file is not a Windows system file. It is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The program has no visible window. Regedit.exe is able to monitor applications.

External information from Paul Collins:
There are different files with the same name:

  • "NeroCheck" definitely not required. Added by the DOOMJUICE.B WORM! Note - this is not the valid Ahead Nero CD burning program. Also it is not the valid Windows registry editor which resides in C:\Windows or C:\Winnt wheras this version resides in C:\Windows\System (Win9x/Me), C:\Winnt\System32 (WinNT/2K) or C:\Windows\System32 (WinXP)
  • "regedit" definitely not required. Added by the BRID.A WORM! Note - resides in C:\Windows\System (Win9x/Me), C:\Winnt\System32 (WinNT/2K), or C:\Windows\System32 (WinXP). The valid "regedit.exe" resides in C:\Windows (Win9x/Me/XP) or C:\Winnt (WinNT/2K)

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as regedit.exe, for example VirTool:Win32/VBInject.gen!EE or TrojanDownloader:Win32/Unruy.C (detected by Microsoft), and Trojan.Win32.VBKrypt.aum or Trojan-GameThief.Win32.Magania.cyrj (detected by Kaspersky). Therefore, you should check the regedit.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

regedit error
  himanshu sahni  
its process of the windows registry
function of regedit.exe
i had 4 of them when using RegistryBooster 2 which seems to be a legit program to clean your registry of invalid things.
can regedit delete names out the media player
it wiped out my computer . i could not execute any commands . it would ot shut down properly,then would never reboot. all programs and files were lost.
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Key file to crack Windows applications
Could be a virus. Found one (182.272 bytes) which is definately not from Microsoft. Also automatically starts at system bootup, which the normal regedit wouln't do.
it is cmnd for register in windows
It Controls all program and files and registry

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of regedit.exe: based on 13 votes with 12 user comments.
6 users think regedit.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 3 users suspect danger. 3 users don't grade regedit.exe ("not sure about it").

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