What is SE.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 SE.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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SE.exe file information

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

The process known as SkypEmoticons belongs to software SE or Eli Dahan by SkypEmoticons.

Description: SE.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. SE.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder or sometimes in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 5,679,008 bytes (59% of all occurrences), 5,827,488 bytes, 5,842,336 bytes, 6,065,056 bytes or 6,085,440 bytes. 
It is a file with no information about its developer. The file is digitally signed. The file is not a Windows core file. The software starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: Run, MACHINE\Run). The program has no visible window. SE.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 57% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You have the option to visit the support page or uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program > SkypEmoticons or Eli Dahan).

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Important: Some malware also uses the file name SE.exe, for example Rogue:Win32/FakePlus (detected by Microsoft), and Trojan Horse (detected by Symantec). Therefore, you should check the SE.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

se.exe is Search-Exe hijacker. It watchs your actions as you are surfing the web and report any information that it captures to the servers at It will also display annoying popups while you are surfing.
SE.exe could also be a legitimate application called Skype Emoticons
  Alain Dekker   (further information)
Ist ein Wurm der sich in Skype installiert und Texte verschickt.
  Philipp Heil   (further information)

Summary: Average user rating of SE.exe: based on 3 votes with 3 user comments. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. One user thinks SE.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving SE issues

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