What is Spark.exe?

The genuine Spark.exe file is a software component of Spark Browser by Baidu.
Spark Browser is an Internet browser based on the Chromium engine. Spark.exe launches the Spark Browser. This is not an essential Windows process and can be disabled if known to create problems. Spark Browser is designed to be a fast browser with essential utility tools such as a media and torrent downloader. The browser provides a log-in feature to let users save preferences and synchronize browsing data. The browser is available as freeware and supports and Windows and Android platforms. Baidu, Inc. is a Chinese company that provides Internet services such as, a Chinese search engine; Baidu Baike, a Wikipedia-styled collaborative encyclopaedia, as well as 56 other search and community services. Baidu was founded in 2000 by Robin Li and Eric Xu. is currently the fourth most visited website according to Alexa ratings. The company also became the first Chinese venture to appear in the NASDAQ-100 index in 2007. Baidu is currently headquartered in Beijing, China.

Spark stands for Spark Browser Launcher

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 Spark.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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Spark.exe file information

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

The process known as spark or Spark belongs to software Spark Browser or Baidu Browser by Baidu Online Network Technology (Beijing) Co. or Ignite Realtime or Jive Software ( or Baidu.

Description: Spark.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Spark.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 983,352 bytes (32% of all occurrences), 981,304 bytes and 14 more variants. 
There is no file information. The Spark.exe file is not a Windows core file. Spark.exe is a Verisign signed file. The file is digitally signed. The program is not visible. Spark.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 29% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In case you experience problems using Spark.exe, you can do the following:

Recommended: Identify Spark.exe related errors

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

Jabber Client
This is an instant messenging client. It helps in workplace communication I give it the low rating i do due to accessibility issues for those of us who are blind. I will be contacting the developer since you have kindly told me who makes the program. This is outragous that my company wont use anything else since its jabber. I imagine spark has its own internal server threfore an accessible alternative like miranda-im would not work. so its contact software company time!
  Jennifer Palmer  
Spark is process established by browser "Baidu"
i think this service come with the baidu browser ... but malwarebytes says its a trojan (Spyware.Pony) best why to know is locating the file then copy it to your desktop then run a online scan by virustotal
  zack   (further information)

Summary: Average user rating of Spark.exe: based on 5 votes with 4 user comments. 3 users think Spark.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. 2 users don't grade Spark.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving Spark issues

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