What is TechTracker.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 TechTracker.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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TechTracker.exe file information

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

The process known as TechTracker or CNET TechTracker belongs to software TechTracker Application or CNET TechTracker by CBS Interactive (

Description: TechTracker.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. TechTracker.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 2,624,512 bytes (44% of all occurrences), 2,620,416 bytes, 2,625,024 bytes, 2,619,904 bytes or 2,621,952 bytes. 
There is no description of the program. The program has no visible window. The process starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: User Shell Folders). It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. The file is not a Windows system file. TechTracker.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 62% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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If TechTracker.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 66% dangerous. The file size is 2,621,952 bytes (42% of all occurrences), 2,624,512 bytes, 1,111,552 bytes or 2,625,024 bytes. The program has no visible window. The application starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: User Shell Folders). TechTracker.exe is not a Windows system file. There is no file information. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. TechTracker.exe is able to monitor applications and record keyboard and mouse inputs.

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

Techtracker.exe is the executable for CNet TechTracker, originally written by CBS Interactive. TechTracker shows you the software that is out of date and provides you with the information to decide which updates you need. You'll find product details as well as editor and user ratings, all in one place. You'll find more information at.
  Russell Reno Limprecht   (further information)
Tracks software for updates
cnet techtracker software allowing updates to programs resident on your computer. The software scans the harddrive and then determines if there are any software updates available.
    (further information)

Summary: Average user rating of TechTracker.exe: based on 3 votes with 3 user comments. 2 users think TechTracker.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 TechTracker issues

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