What is Residence.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 Residence.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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Residence.exe file information

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

The process known as Residence belongs to software unknown by Sony (

Description: Residence.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Residence.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 106,496 bytes. 
The Residence.exe file is not a Windows system file. The program has no visible window. The software starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\User Shell Folders). Residence.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 37% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You can also safely remove the program using the uninstall program of Picture Package (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

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

installed with a software from sony corporation in order to use aplication with camcorder
  Daniel C   (further information)
It comes with Sony Picture Software
Part of Sony Picture Package SW (Sony Camcorder HC Series)
  Peter Renner  
It's part of Picture Package that is usually included with a Sony Camera
Sony Corporation Picture Packager VCD Maker
  John DeShiro   (further information)
Included in Sony Software to communicate with digital video camera
Nothing else is running, but it is using CPU
Seems to use a lotof processor time and interferes wieth Internet Explorer.
different kinds of residence virus
Uses too much page file space or Virtual storage
  Joseph Sobry  
its annoying and crashes for no apparent reason
  Max Pain  
Caused computer to run extremely slowly so I remove it.
  Jim S.  
Uses a lot of memory. Founf it in Program files\Sony\... 106K big and in Windows\Prefetch but only 41K big
  Joseph Sobry  
residence.exe is an exe file which starts up with the booting if we have installed Sony Corporation Picture Package menu which is supplied with Sony Handycam for the interface. the residence.exe gets closed as soon as i right click and select exit on the sony picture package software which is in the task bar with the bootup.
  Pankaj Srivastava  

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of Residence.exe: based on 15 votes with 14 user comments. 8 users think Residence.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 3 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 3 users suspect danger. 2 users don't grade Residence.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving Residence issues

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