What is SPReview.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 SPReview.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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SPReview.exe file information

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

The process known as SP Reviewer belongs to software Microsoft Windows Operating System by Microsoft (

Description: SPReview.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file SPReview.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows\System32. The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 280,576 bytes. 
The program has a visible window. The software is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: DEFAULT\Runonce, RunOnce). It is not a Windows system file. The SPReview.exe file is a Microsoft signed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 1% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

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

Spreview.exe will acknowledge the installation of a service pack.
  Dave   (further information)
Spreview.exe is part of the windows updating process. The computer is waiting for a reboot so it can finish installing SP1. It'll go away after you reboot your system. If it doesn't then YOU BETTER RUN AN ANTI-MALWARE program and run a full scan. Malwarebytes is the BEST FREE VERSION (even better than alot of the pay 4 systems)for your computer. Also download ComboFix and run that right after Malwarebytes is done. Do NOT REBOOT at this time like Malwarebytes wants to. It'll finish the job on your next reboot which Combofix will do for you automatically. Some Anti-Virus Software will give you a false alert about it being a virus or some other BS. I hope this helps.
  Rob A Marson   (further information)

Summary: Average user rating of SPReview.exe: based on 2 votes with 2 user comments. One user thinks SPReview.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving SPReview issues

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