What is find.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 find.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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Find.exe file information

The process known as find.exe belongs to software unknown by Microsoft (

Description: Find.exe is an important part of Windows, but often causes problems. The file find.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 15,360 bytes (50% of all occurrences) or 13,824 bytes. 
Find.exe is a Windows system file. The find.exe file is a trustworthy file from Microsoft. The program has no visible window. find.exe appears to be a compressed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 2% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Recommended: Identify find.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as find.exe. Therefore, you should check the find.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

defy program license
Ist Teil von Windows, kann Text in Dateien suchen
Likely a virus. Scan with Malwarebytes, and if it can't remove it and gives a "731 (0,6)", then use Killbox to delete the file (check the "end explorer" box on Killbox).
wurde von RisingAntivirus als Trojan.Win32.Generic.1282c993 erkannt. Wird noch von mir ins Virenlabor gesandt
It is a useful program that lets you look for files or strings in files
Just took McAfee tech 2 hours to remove it from my machine.
  Vic Prodaniuk  

Summary: Average user rating of find.exe: based on 5 votes with 8 user comments. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. 2 users think find.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 3 users don't grade find.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving find issues

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