What is Test.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 Test.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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Test.exe file information

The process known as Makes sure Spybot (version 2 is there on Windows 10.) belongs to software Spybot - Search & Destroy or Project1 by Safer-Networking ( or BKHN.

Description: Test.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Test.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,011,200 bytes (99% of all occurrences) or 829,440 bytes. 
The program has a visible window. The process starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: Run, DEFAULT\Run, MACHINE\Run). It is not a Windows core file. Test.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 19% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: Some malware also uses the file name Test.exe, for example Trojan-Spy.MSIL.Agent.grj or Backdoor.Win32.VB.dte (detected by Kaspersky), and Win32:Malware-gen or Win32:Trojan-gen (detected by Avast). Therefore, you should check the Test.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

Really Bad Virus, don't do it!
  Sam Mooney  
This file is downloaded to your desktop as part of a trojan horse virus. Remove immediately and also remove any other icons/files downloaded as part of this virus. One of the viruses associated with this file is Generic3..
  Alistair Maclean  
Seems to be a malware
  Elena   (further information)
I have the same file active, and did some research. its located at C:\Users\*Username*\AppData\Local\Temp\WindowsSVCS A text file is added with the exe filled with everything you typed in. IT IS A KEYLOGGER! RUN A VIRUSSCANNER!! it posted somewhing on my facebook and google+!
It is possibly a virus! It will break your computer and wipe your data at no time! Remove it when you see it!
It uses 25% of your RAM, so find it and delete it, just start up Task Manager and go under processes, then second click and locate file location, then end the process, and delete the exe and everything else in the folder
I have this on my system, it is located in: C:\Program Files\Common Files\AV\Spybot - Search and Destroy and the file size is 987kB. Don a scan with AVG on the Common Files folder and it came up clean.
If you have installed Spybot Search & Destroy and this file is located in C:\Program Files\Common Files\AV\Spybot it should be safe. A pity the Spybot uninstaller leaves a lot of folders intact even after uninstall.
I saw "Test" in my startup programs and it seemed to be related to Spybot. I tried locating it using the other posts here as well and was unable to find it. When I right-clicked on it the normal option for File Location did not come up. So I opened the startup menu within CCleaner where I found something about Spybot, which I had previously uninstalled. I deleted this from the start menu within CCleaner and the Test within the control panel disappeared. Don't know if had an impact on resourced or not, but less clutter the better.
It's like malware. Spybot wasn't performing as expected and this process kept trying to reinstall itself. Thanks to Windows UAC, it couldn't. I never thought I would like UAC
  Mr Mike  
It it unsafe.
  Hermit Bob  
it's part of spybot, not dangerous but given how long this has been an issue with spybot, I would suggest looking elsewhere for anti-malware now.

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of Test.exe: based on 13 votes with 12 user comments. 2 users think Test.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. 9 users think Test.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 3 users don't grade Test.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving Test issues

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