What is SlowDownCPU.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 SlowDownCPU.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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SlowDownCPU.exe file information

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

The process known as SlowDownCPU MFC Application belongs to software SlowDownCPU Application by unknown.

Description: SlowDownCPU.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The SlowDownCPU.exe file is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 212,992 bytes (60% of all occurrences) or 208,896 bytes. 
SlowDownCPU.exe is a file with no information about its developer. The process is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). It is not a Windows system file. The program has no visible window. The SlowDownCPU.exe file is an unknown file in the Windows folder. SlowDownCPU.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 61% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as SlowDownCPU.exe. Therefore, you should check the SlowDownCPU.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

Bei mir führt diese "Anwendung" zum bluescreen !!! nicht Gut !!!
it reboots my PC often I cannot work with it in my PC
crashes my computer when started during autostart
i had slowdowncpu it was in my startup and this slowdowncpu used to restart my computer in every two minutes so i just removed it from C:/windows/INF/MSI and also from the registry and after that my computer does no restart automatically
It's a nuisance but i got rid of it quite easily. Go to START, RUN, search for 'msconfig' and look at the utilities. There's a startup tab which brings up a list of files. Just un-tick the Slowdown file and all was well for me. When the computer next restarts you will be asked if you want to restore the previous settings etc but tell it you're happy as you are and you won't get the dialogue box again. If any time you find a use for the file, at least you haven't deleted it
  J Hood  
cpu slowing down between applications; frustrating how it appeared. half dozen spyware pgms don't find it.
It keeps restarting my PC. I disabled it in the Startup and deleted it from the MSI folder. Hopefully this works.
Verlangsamt das System und fürt häufig zu Abstürzen und einer ruckeligen Bildwiedergabe
process is useful sometimes, don't disable it unless it gives you a problem. the process is just better allocating your processor to different processes. it shouldn't reset your computer automatically.
  S. Lewis   (further information)

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Summary: Average user rating of SlowDownCPU.exe: based on 10 votes with 9 user comments. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. 6 users suspect danger. 2 users think SlowDownCPU.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it.

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Best practices for resolving SlowDownCPU issues

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