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What is root.exe?

Root.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 root.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.


Root.exe file information

The process known as Phoenix Service Software or Visual Basic Command Line Compiler or CrypterStub belongs to software TSS Instrument API or Start or Microsoft Visual Studio (version 2005) by Nokia (www.nokia.com) or Microsoft (www.microsoft.com).

Description: Root.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file root.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files". Known file sizes on Windows 7/XP are 380,928 bytes (50% of all occurrences) or 352,256 bytes. http://www.file.net/process/root.exe.html 
You can uninstall this program in the control panel. The software has no file description. The program is not visible. The software listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. Root.exe is not a Windows system file. Therefore the technical security rating is 60% dangerous.
If you have any problems with root.exe, you may also completely remove Phoenix Service Software or TSS Instrument API (Control Panel⇒Add/Remove programs) or use the software provider's support site.

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If root.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows, the security rating is 46% dangerous. The file size is 301,117 bytes. The program has a visible window. There is no description of the program. The application starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run). Root.exe is not a Windows system file. Root.exe is able to manipulate other programs. root.exe seems to be a compressed file.

If root.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 0% dangerous. The file size is 1,169,224 bytes. The program has a visible window. Root.exe is a trustworthy file from Microsoft. Root.exe is digitally signed. The application starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run). It is not a Windows core file. Root.exe is able to record inputs.

External information from Paul Collins:

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Important: Some malware also uses the file name root.exe, for example Trojan:Win32/Malat (detected by Microsoft), and TROJ_DROPPER.NXE (detected by TrendMicro). Therefore, you should check the root.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.



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