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What is WindowsLive.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 WindowsLive.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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WindowsLive.exe file information

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

The process known as Windows Live belongs to software Microsoft Windows Live or Windows Live by Microsoft Live or Windows Live.

Description: WindowsLive.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. WindowsLive.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Documents and Settings" or sometimes in a subfolder of C:\. Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/XP are 3,506,051 bytes (25% of all occurrences), 3,293,961 bytes, 3,426,506 bytes or 183,808 bytes. http://www.file.net/process/windowslive.exe.html 
The program has no visible window. The software starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: Run, MACHINE\Run). The WindowsLive.exe file is not a Windows system file. WindowsLive.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 66% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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If WindowsLive.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 42% dangerous. The file size is 305,664 bytes. The program has no visible window. The WindowsLive.exe file is not a Windows system file. WindowsLive.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs.

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as WindowsLive.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder, for example Backdoor.Win32.IRCBot.nav or Worm.Win32.AutoRun.aqdv (detected by Kaspersky), and WORM_IRCBOT.CK or TROJ_FAKEAV.MCS (detected by TrendMicro). Therefore, you should check the WindowsLive.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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User Comments

Mainprozess von "Windows Live" sowie WILDSVC.exe ungefährlich
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Summary: Average user rating of WindowsLive.exe: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user thinks it's probably harmless.


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Best practices for resolving WindowsLive issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with WindowsLive. 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 doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, 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 WindowsLive.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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