What is Shareaza.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 Shareaza.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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Shareaza.exe file information

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

The process known as Shareaza Ultimate File Sharing belongs to software Shareaza (version P2P) by Shareaza Development Team (

Description: Shareaza.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Shareaza.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files"—e.g. C:\Program Files\Shareaza\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 5,723,136 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 4,739,072 bytes, 4,619,776 bytes or 13,179,660 bytes. 
There is an icon for this program on the taskbar next to the clock. The program has a visible window. The Shareaza.exe file is not a Windows core file. The program listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. Shareaza.exe is able to connect to the Internet and record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 29% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You can uninstall the program Shareaza, update it, or ask Customer Support for help. Go to to update it, go to for support, or go to Shareaza in Windows Control Panel (Software or Programs section) to uninstall it.

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If Shareaza.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\, the security rating is 22% dangerous. The file size is 4,739,072 bytes. The program has a visible window. The application starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: Run). Shareaza.exe is not a Windows core file. Shareaza.exe is able to connect to the Internet and record keyboard and mouse inputs.

Uninstalling this variant: If you want to remove the program completely, go to Control Panel ⇒ Software ⇒ Shareaza.

If Shareaza.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder, the security rating is 36% dangerous. The file size is 2,232,320 bytes. The program has a visible window. The file is a file with no information about its developer. The application is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: Run). The Shareaza.exe file is not a Windows system file. Shareaza.exe appears to be a compressed file.

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

peer 2 peer download
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logiciel de cpeer to peer
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Sharing software from person to person. May be dangerous for adware, spyware.
Peer 2 Peer File Sharing
  Danial   (further information)
great for downloading shared files
  Gil Chartrand  
This is a BAD program it will NOT unintall and it is SPYWARE
Peer to peer program. While not dangerous in itself, you could accidently download spyware or a virus.
p2p nothing harlmess. but u can DL harmless files form the software. msut be creful Lol watch out for small file like "XXX porn dvd" 13kb .. watch out for thes ones LOL
I have used Shareaza since 2 year ago, and I am using an early version (old version) and so far never had a problem with spyware
  Ed Flanegin  
is athe worst p2p program i' ve ever used, even "melios' hakin prevent" ( is better
  pompos   (further information)
Shareaza P2P no spyware or adware
file sharing's safe as long as you download the right stuff
  prasand   (further information)
OK, a tad slow on the CPU when downloading many files. Dangerous to idiots who don't know what to look out for online (seems to be a huge number these days!)
File Sharing Program. Connects to multinetworks. (Search 'shareaza security') To get ip blocklists (F7). Also run in conjunction with peerguardian/protowall
  Matt   (further information)
its normal if you have this program
this proggie will NOT UNINSTALL it keeps starting all on it's can I get rid of it....please help
it's the best P2P program out there
Shareaza P2P File Shareing Program. Absolutely free, no Spyware added, and works great! be sure to open a port in your firewall for more effective use!
  Ben   (further information)
No problems at all with it, to stop it fro starting up, click on START then RUN then type MSCONFIG click on the STARTUP tab and untick Shareaza
can download infected files from p2p
Shareaza is P2P filesharing client, free from spyware and viruses. Problem is with Fakes pretending Shareaza like ShareazaV6.exe etc. This organised by antyP2P company Discordia LTD and instals maware like trojans etc.
  user   (further information)

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of Shareaza.exe: based on 23 votes with 21 user comments. 13 users think Shareaza.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 5 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 4 users think Shareaza.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving Shareaza issues

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