Most antivirus programs identify s.exe as malware—for example McAfee identifies it as Artemis!31CE46C98B4E, and BitDefender identifies it as Trojan.Generic.11969837.
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Description: S.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The s.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files".
The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 57,658 bytes.
There is no information about the author of the file. The program is not visible. It is not a Windows system file. Therefore the technical security rating is 84% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.
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If s.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows\System32, the security rating is 80% dangerous. The file size is 94,208 bytes. The file is a file with no information about its developer. The program is not visible. The file is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. The application starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Run). It is not a Windows core file. S.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and hide itself.
If s.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder, the security rating is 60% dangerous. The file size is 21,504 bytes. The program is not visible. The application uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. The s.exe file is not a Windows system file. s.exe appears to be a compressed file.
Important: You should check the s.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.
The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: Security Task Manager examines the active s process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known anti-malware tool tells you if the s.exe on your computer displays annoying ads, slowing it down. This type of unwanted adware program is not considered by some antivirus software to be a virus and is therefore not marked for cleanup.
A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding PC trouble. 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.