What is shellker.exe?

The genuine shellker.exe file is a software component of Altiris Carbon Copy Solution by Altiris.
Shellker.exe is an executable file that belongs to the Altiris Carbon Copy Solution, a program that lets users access and control multiple computers simultaneously. This is not a critical Windows component and should be removed if known to cause problems. Carbon Copy Solution is a Windows based program that offers two remote control interfaces, both which allow administrators to remotely control devices running the Carbon Copy Agent. This program requires the Altiris Agent to be installed on the system as a prerequisite to work. Altiris Inc. is an American company that provides software solutions in IT assets and system management, security, and web services. The company was founded in 1998 by Jan Newman and Kevin Turpin as a spin off from KeyLabs, a third party testing facility. In 2007, Symantec acquired Altiris. The company is currently based in Lindon, Utah, United States.

ShellKer stands for Carbon Copy Shell Kernel

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 shellker.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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Shellker.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with shellker
Shellker.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Carbon Copy (version 32 Kernel Application) belongs to software Altiris Carbon Copy Solution or Altiris Carbon Copy Solution Agent by Altiris (

Description: Shellker.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Shellker.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 724,992 bytes (45% of all occurrences), 802,816 bytes or 430,297 bytes. 
The program is not visible. Shellker.exe is not a Windows system file. The program listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. Shellker.exe is able to monitor applications and record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 45% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You have the option to do the following:

Recommended: Identify shellker.exe related errors

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

part of a legitimate Enterprise PC management system
  John Stoll   (further information)
MD5 of the 430297 size file is: 626185D06D7C20F9207AABCBF9F1D157
  Ryan S. Upton  
Part of Altiris Carbon Copy
  Arjan van der Zaan  
IT program used to monitor your computer (ie sort of like keyogger, event logger) Also used for cloning
    (further information)
Part of Altiris pc management. You wouldn't want to delete it. It allows technicians to assist via remote, track inventory, and maintain software updates. Only really useful for enterprise situations.

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Summary: Average user rating of shellker.exe: based on 7 votes with 5 user comments. 2 users think shellker.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users suspect danger.

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Best practices for resolving shellker issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with shellker. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic 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 resmon 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 DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the shellker.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security 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. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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