What is usb.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 usb.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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Usb.exe file information

The process known as USB EXE belongs to software Hewlett-Packard Company USB EXE by Hewlett-Packard Company (

Description: Usb.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Usb.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 102,400 bytes. 
The usb.exe file is a Microsoft signed file. The software starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). It is not a Windows core file. The program has no visible window. Usb.exe is able to hide itself. Therefore the technical security rating is 29% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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If usb.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows\System32, the security rating is 72% dangerous. The file size is 220,863 bytes. There is no information about the author of the file. The program has no visible window. Usb.exe is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The file is not a Windows core file.

If usb.exe is located in the C:\Windows folder, the security rating is 36% dangerous. The file size is 36,352 bytes. The program has a visible window. There is no description of the program. The application starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). Usb.exe is not a Windows core file.

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Important: Some malware also uses the file name usb.exe, for example Trojan.Zbot or W32.Spybot.Worm (detected by Symantec), and TROJ_MEREDROP.DR or WORM_SPYBOT.AMO (detected by TrendMicro). Therefore, you should check the usb.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

Most probably a malware
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Summary: Average user rating of usb.exe: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user suspects danger.

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Best practices for resolving usb issues

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