What is bash.exe?

The genuine bash.exe file is a software component of Prey by Fork.
Prey is an anti-theft service available for laptops and other electronic devices. Bash.exe runs the Bash Client for Windows. This is not an essential Windows process and can be disabled if known to create problems. Prey is a web service based on the freemium model that tracks and monitors electronic devices primarily to help locate the device in case of theft. The Prey client is an open-source software that communicates with the Internet server and can be prompted to send its GPS location, as well as other information such as photos from the webcam. Prey was first released on March 24, 2009. Fork is an multinational, privately-held software development company that has offices in the US, Hong Kong and Chile. The company was founded in 2009 by CEO Tomás Pollak and COO Carlos Yaconi. It currently offers the Prey theft protection service and the Bootic e-commerce platform.

Bash stands for Bash (Bourne Again Shell) Client

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 bash.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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Bash.exe file information

The process known as bash.exe belongs to software Git by Beeline.

Description: Bash.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The bash.exe file is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 536,078 bytes (97% of all occurrences) or 469,504 bytes. 
The program has no file description. The program is not visible. It is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 67% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

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

Part of the cygwin package, the bash shell for windows
  slava   (further information)
bash shell for windows
is the BASH shell, either installed by Cygwin or another Win32 BASH port.
Main core for cygwin process
I think it is needed if you install Prey software - which is a laptop recovery program in case your laptop is stolen.
  Andrew   (further information)
It is used with the Prey software.
  J Richardson   (further information)
it is a pest i have used all manner of security to get rid of it and it is still erroring on my laptop ever since i installed prey
I have started getting this crash. I have installed Prey on my PC. So Andrew may have hit it correctly. Apart from the link supplied.
  Craig   (further information)
It does belong to the PREY service. Should be in C:\Prey\platform\windows\bin
  Andre Marcil  
It is used by Prey and should not be ended unless needed.
Happens with different patterns and quantity by changing the 2d parameter of CreateWindowEx in the coding of c++ windows. Looks like an harmless error in the code of a window.

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of bash.exe: based on 13 votes with 11 user comments. 5 users think bash.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. 5 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger.

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Best practices for resolving bash issues

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