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Shell.exe file information
Description: shell.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Documents and Settings".
Known file sizes on Windows 7/XP are 119,296 bytes (13% of all occurrences), 117,248 bytes and 21 more variants.
File shell.exe is a file without information about the developer of this file. The program has no visible window. It is not a Windows system file. The program listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. Therefore the technical security rating is 67% dangerous, however also read the users reviews.
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If shell.exe is located in the folder C:\Windows, the security rating is 50% dangerous. The file size is 9,728 bytes (45% of all occurrences), 10,240 bytes and 5 more variants. The program has a visible window. There is no description of the program. Shell.exe is not a Windows core file. The application is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\Shell, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServices, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServicesOnce). It is an unknown file in the Windows folder.
If shell.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 47% dangerous. The file size is 122,880 bytes (27% of all occurrences), 86,016 bytes and 5 more variants.
There is no file information. The program is not visible. It is not a Windows core file.
shell.exe is able to monitor applications.
If you have any problems with shell.exe, you may want to completely remove Gestionnaire Internet or Paragon Software PenReader (Control Panel⇒Add/Remove programs).
If shell.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\, the security rating is 56% dangerous. The file size is 1,198,592 bytes.
If shell.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows, the security rating is 100% dangerous. The file size is 847,872 bytes.
If shell.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files", the security rating is 42% dangerous. The file size is 379,392 bytes.
If shell.exe is located in the folder C:\Windows\System32, the security rating is 64% dangerous. The file size is 293,025 bytes.
If shell.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows\System32, the security rating is 36% dangerous. The file size is 309,872 bytes.
Important: Some malware camouflages itself as shell.exe, particularly when located in the c:\windows or c:\windows\system32 folder. Therefore, you should check the shell.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.
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