What is CookiePatrol.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 CookiePatrol.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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CookiePatrol.exe file information

The process known as CookiePatrol Application belongs to software PestPatrol or SetupPPUpdater or InterVideo WinDVD by Computer Associates International (

Description: CookiePatrol.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file CookiePatrol.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" (normally C:\Program Files\pestpatrol\). Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 73,728 bytes (66% of all occurrences), 69,632 bytes or 105,472 bytes. 
The CookiePatrol.exe file is not a Windows system file. The application starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The program has no visible window. Therefore the technical security rating is 50% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If any problems with CookiePatrol.exe occur, you can remove the entire program PestPatrol or InterVideo WinDVD using Windows Control Panel.

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

gehört zu Pestpatrol
This is PestPatrol's cookie filtering module.
  Ray   (further information)
Pest Patrol. Harmless.
  George Moessis  
PestPatrol Spyware-Cookie-Eliminator ist Harmlos
obwohl der vermerk cookie drin ist , hat es keinen bezug zu irgendwelchen cookies
  FrankSinatra-oder wer?  
Part of commercial anti-spyware program
  Ben   (further information)
Part of PestPatrol which helps you get rid of adware and malware

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of CookiePatrol.exe: based on 10 votes with 7 user comments. 8 users think CookiePatrol.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving CookiePatrol issues

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