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 sfc.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.
Description: The original sfc.exe is an important part of Windows and rarely causes problems. Sfc.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder.
Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 35,328 bytes (66% of all occurrences) or 36,864 bytes.
The file is a Windows core system file. It is a trustworthy file from Microsoft. The program has no visible window. Therefore the technical security rating is 2% dangerous.
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If sfc.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 26% dangerous. The file size is 900,576 bytes (50% of all occurrences) or 952,016 bytes. The program has no visible window. It is digitally signed. It is not a Windows core file. Sfc.exe is able to monitor applications.
Important: Some malware disguises itself as sfc.exe, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the sfc.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.
A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with sfc. 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 sfc.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.