What is script-fu.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 script-fu.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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Script-fu.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with script-fu
Script-fu.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as GNU Image Manipulation Program Plug-In belongs to software GNU Image Manipulation Program or PhotoEdit995 or The GIMP or Jernej Simoncic - Open Source Developer by Spencer Kimball, Peter Mattis and the GIMP Development Team or Jernej Simoncic (

Description: Script-fu.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Script-fu.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 345,672 bytes (11% of all occurrences), 165,440 bytes and 7 more variants. 
There is no file information. The program is not visible. It is not a Windows system file. The script-fu.exe file is digitally signed. Therefore the technical security rating is 43% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You could do the following:

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If script-fu.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder, the security rating is 56% dangerous. The file size is 45,112 bytes. The program has no file description. The program has no visible window. The script-fu.exe file is not a Windows core file.

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

Seems to be a file used by The GIMP - free image manipulation program
  Michael   (further information)
Plugin des Bildbearbeitungsprogramms Gimp2. Hat bei mir nach Absturz des genannten Programms ein ständiges Klicken in den Lautsprechern verursacht. Erst nach Beenden des Prozessen war das Klicken verschwunden
It is an addon for The GIMP
  Leigh C   (further information)
script-fu.exe manages plugins with the GIMP image manipulation program. If you have launched GIMP, script-fu will launch as well. While it is not essential to operation of Windows, this process should only be terminated if suspected to be causing problems.
  Joe   (further information)
Script-fu.exe is a plugin to The GIMP, which is open while The GIMP is running and will remain open afterwards if The GIMP crashes
  Ben Hutcheson   (further information)
script-fu.exe is a plugin to the GIMP. Perfectly safe.
  Matthew Harrison   (further information)
It is loaded when gimp(an image editing program is started) it appears to sometimes run after the program is exited thus resulting in a wast of system resources. It is recommended to force quit the process in the event that is does not termaniate with the gimp but as a warning there could possibly be other programs that use it.
  ZERO   (further information)
script-fu refers to a scripting extension for the open source graphics program GIMP
  Joseph Weston   (further information)
i have it too and i just installed gimp^^
  rene pollman  
script-fu is part of the execution files for gimp and usually harmless

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of script-fu.exe: based on 11 votes with 10 user comments. 6 users think script-fu.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 3 users think it's probably harmless. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving script-fu issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with script-fu. 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 script-fu.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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