What is Standby.exe?

The genuine Standby.exe file is a software component of Standby service by Corel.

Standby stands for Standby service

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 Standby.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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Standby.exe file information

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

The process known as Standby service belongs to software Standby service by Corel (

Description: Standby.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The Standby.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 105,632 bytes (96% of all occurrences) or 105,616 bytes. 
Standby.exe is certified by a trustworthy company. The process starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). It is not a Windows system file. The process can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. The program is not visible. Therefore the technical security rating is 30% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you have any problems with Standby.exe, you may also uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program > Share) or consult's Customer Service for advice.

Recommended: Identify Standby.exe related errors

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

'standby.exe' is a legitimate part of Corel applications
  meetoo   (further information)
Installed by Corel Painshop Pro
  Roger G  
After installing Paint Shop Pro

Summary: Average user rating of Standby.exe: based on 2 votes with 3 user comments. One user thinks Standby.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving Standby issues

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