What is TiVoBeacon.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 TiVoBeacon.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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TiVoBeacon.exe file information

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

The process known as TiVo Beacon Service or TiVo Beacon Service Process belongs to software TiVo Desktop by TiVo (

Description: TiVoBeacon.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. TiVoBeacon.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 848,896 bytes (64% of all occurrences), 868,864 bytes and 4 more variants. 
The program is not visible. It is not a Windows core file. The application uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. TiVoBeacon.exe is able to connect to the Internet, record keyboard and mouse inputs and hide itself. Therefore the technical security rating is 52% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If problems with TiVo Desktop come up, you can uninstall it software via Windows Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 10/8/7).

Recommended: Identify TiVoBeacon.exe related errors

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

This is part of TiVo Desktop and used to broadcast to networkd TiVo devices the location of a server that is sharing Music and Photos for TiVo.
  Rob Alexander   (further information)
Part of TiVo2Go
My Tivo Desktop
  Richard lawson  
tivobeacon.exe wird mit j.river mediacenter mitgeliefert und einmal aktiviert kann es dann nicht mehr deinstalliert werden, auch wenn man mediacenter deinstalliert

Summary: Average user rating of TiVoBeacon.exe: based on 4 votes with 4 user comments. 3 users think TiVoBeacon.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 TiVoBeacon issues

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