What is thermald.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 thermald.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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Thermald.exe file information

The process known as thermald belongs to software SIV by GIGA-BYTE TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD (

Description: Thermald.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Thermald.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 601,920 bytes (66% of all occurrences) or 594,432 bytes. 
The program can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. There is no description of the program. The program has no visible window. The file is not a Windows system file. The file is a Verisign signed file. Thermald.exe is digitally signed. Therefore the technical security rating is 18% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: If you encounter difficulties with thermald.exe, you may want to safely remove the program using the uninstall program of SIV (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program) or search the support area on the GIGABYTE website.

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


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Best practices for resolving thermald issues

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