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 tor.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.
The process known as Tor Win32 Service belongs to software Privoxy or Polipo or Tor 0.1.2.12-rc or Tor 0.1.2.3-alpha or Hide My IP Address or Tor 0.1.2.2-alpha or ChrisPC Free Anonymous Proxy or Tor 0.1.2.4-alpha by IronKey (www.ironkey.com).
Description: Tor.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Tor.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of Windows folder for temporary files.
Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 3,233,806 bytes (35% of all occurrences), 5,077,205 bytes and 57 more variants.
There is no information about the author of the file. Tor.exe is not a Windows system file. The program has no visible window. The software listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. Tor.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 65% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.
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If tor.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder, the security rating is 62% dangerous. The file size is 2,233,344 bytes (16% of all occurrences), 1,966,080 bytes and 15 more variants. The tor.exe file is a file with no information about its developer. It is not a Windows system file. The program has no visible window. Tor.exe is able to monitor applications.
If tor.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's "Documents" folder, the security rating is 70% dangerous. The file size is 2,233,344 bytes (40% of all occurrences), 2,897,432 bytes, 2,087,636 bytes or 2,885,930 bytes. There is no file information. The program is not visible. Tor.exe is not a Windows core file. The application listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet.
If tor.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\, the security rating is 50% dangerous. The file size is 613,448 bytes.
Important: Some malware camouflages itself as tor.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the tor.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.
A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with tor. 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 tor.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.