What is spawn.exe?

The genuine spawn.exe file is a software component of Acronis True Image by Acronis.
As a Windows executable file, "spawn.exe" is part of several "True Image" software versions by Acronis, such as "Acronis True Image Home 2012" and "True Image 2013." The file starts the program. The program functions as software to create backups of complete operating systems or documents, images, and other files. It utilizes the 'chkdsk' process or the 'cmd.exe' command processor to capture the input/output file for backups. Acronis provides innovative backup solutions for commercial purposes and helps migrate, protect, and recover important files in cloud, physical, and virtual environments. Several OEM manufacturers use the software developed by Acronis, such as Hewlett Packard, Compaq, etc. Therefore, you may find the 'spawn.exe' file labeled as a manufactrurer file for their software.

Spawn stands for Acronis Spawn Utility

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 spawn.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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Spawn.exe file information

The process known as Spawn! Windows Millenium Spawn belongs to software Hewlett-Packard Spawn Application by Hewlett-Packard Co (

Description: Spawn.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file spawn.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 28,672 bytes. 
The program has a visible window. The software starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\RunOnce, MACHINE\Run). The file is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 22% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Recommended: Identify spawn.exe related errors

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

This is a component of Acronis True Image. Acronis True Image, from Acronis, is an application designed to create backups for entire systems, or images, documents, and a host of other files.
Spawn.exe erschien bei mir bei der Installation des Spieles "Ballerburg" von Ascaron. Was es macht weiß ich leider nicht. Beim starten kommt nur eine Fehlermeldung "Die Anwendung konnte nicht korrekt gestartet werden (0xc0000005). Klicken Sie auf "OK", um die Anwendung zu schließen."

Summary: Average user rating of spawn.exe: based on 1 vote with 2 user comments. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving spawn issues

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