What is run.exe?

The genuine run.exe file is a software component of Screen Shot Deluxe by Brøderbund.
Screen Shot Deluxe is a screen capture utility. Run.exe launches Screen Shot Deluxe. This is not an essential Windows process and can be disabled if known to create problems. Screen Shot Deluxe lets users take screenshots of either the entire screen or selected portions, or windows. The program also features the ability to capture with the customizable library of arrows, and lets users add starbursts, banners, drop shadows and transparency, and callouts to add emphasis. Images can be saved as various formats or can even be sent to the clipboard to transfer them to another document. Brøderbund Software was an American software company that developed video games, educational and productivity software. The company was best known for the hit 8-bit computer game such as Lode Runner, Choplifter, Karateka, and Prince of Persia. The company was founded in Eugene, Oregon by Doug and Gary Carlston, brothers who wanted to market Galactic Empire, in 1980. In 1998, Brøderbund was acquired by The Learning Company.

Run stands for Run Screen Shot Deluxe

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 run.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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Run.exe file information

The process known as Stub or pig32 belongs to software Screen Shot Deluxe or Stub by Broderbund (

Description: Run.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Run.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of Windows folder for temporary files. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 323,584 bytes (47% of all occurrences), 207,400 bytes and 7 more variants. 
Run.exe is not a Windows core file. The software has no file description. The program has no visible window. Run.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 42% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In case of any problems with run.exe, you can uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a ProgramSmart 6 B or Q-Share Ver. or visit the website.

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

Important: Some malware also uses the file name run.exe, for example TROJ_GEN.R27C2DJ or TROJ_SMALLTR.AGO (detected by TrendMicro), and Trojan.Generic.2928456 (detected by F-Secure). Therefore, you should check the run.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

ist wohl msn virus der links von diesem wurm verschickt per msn und icq. dann schaltet er wohl firewall aus und verhindert das einloggen zu den email seiten wie z.B. und er startet immer beim neustart des pc's. mehr weiss ich noch nicht darüber.
any non c file
Appeared in E:, which was a DVD drive with no disk in it. Was able to deactivate it with msconfig, but have not been able to remove it.
it is located in system32 and programs don't start when you delet it,its 24kb
A cpu energy saver for Gigabyte motherboards, in addition to Gest.exe.
A version of run.exe comes with the software for a Dynex Memory Card Reader. It should be resident on the desktop. Right click on the icon and then click on Properties to ensure it is the Dynex version. If you've never owned or connected this card reader, it may be associated with your wireless router.
  Michael Anders   (further information)

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Summary: Average user rating of run.exe: based on 10 votes with 7 user comments. 3 users think run.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user suspects danger. 5 users think run.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving run issues

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