What is rename.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 rename.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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Rename.exe file information

The process known as Rename belongs to software unknown by Texas Instruments (

Description: Rename.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The rename.exe file is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows. The file size on Windows 8/7/XP is 121,144 bytes. 
The program has a visible window. There is no description of the program. The process starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: DEFAULT\Runonce, MACHINE\Run, MACHINE\RunOnce). It is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 26% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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If rename.exe is located in the C:\Windows folder, the security rating is 26% dangerous. The file size is 121,139 bytes. The program has a visible window. There is no information about the author of the file. The software starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: DEFAULT\Runonce, MACHINE\Run, MACHINE\RunOnce). The rename.exe file is not a Windows core file.

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

rename.exe is part of .NET framework developed by Microsoft

Summary: Average user rating of rename.exe: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user thinks rename.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application.

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Best practices for resolving rename issues

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