What is python.exe?

The genuine python.exe file is a software component of Python by Python Software Foundation.
Python is a high-level programming language which supports object-oriented, imperative and functional programming or procedural programming styles. Python.exe launches the Python application. This is not a critical Windows component and should be removed if known to cause problems. Python was developed in the late 1980s by Guido van Rossum, a Dutch computer programmer. It was built around a core philosophy of being easy to read and implement. Python was first released in 1991 and was named after Monty Python. Python is currently developed and maintained by the Python Software Foundation, a non-profit organization launched on March 6, 2001. The Python Software Foundation (PSF) is an American non-profit corporation that owns the intellectual property rights to the Python programming language. PSF manages the open source licensing and protects the trademarks associated with Python. "The mission of the Python Software Foundation is to promote, protect, and advance the Python programming language, and to support and facilitate the growth of a diverse and international community of Python programmers." - the PSF Mission Statement

Python stands for Python Launcher

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 python.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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Python.exe file information

The process known as ActiveState Komodo Edit (version 8.5.4) belongs to software Dump Truck or Lima or ActiveState Komodo Edit by ActiveState Software ( or Panda Software International (

Description: Python.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file python.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of C:\ or in a subfolder of the user's profile folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 26,624 bytes (35% of all occurrences), 4,608 bytes and 6 more variants. 
The program has no file description. The program is not visible. The python.exe file is not a Windows system file. The program uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. Therefore the technical security rating is 59% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you are having problems with python.exe, you can uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program > Dump Truck or eMuleTorrent).

Recommended: Identify python.exe related errors

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

This is Python's interpreter execuble. This file runs other Python programs, which may, or may not, be harmful.
  David G.   (further information)
i had task manager open and noticed it was running and taking up 86% of my comps performance
  steven hewitt  
It is not spyware.
  guy   (further information)
its a spyware was using most of my resources, i used task manager to shut it off then my PC was restored to its normal speed
nonessential. find it, back it up, delete it. Whatever tries to use it will pop up an error message. In my case, it was being used incorrectly by a windows tweaking program.
is programing langulange
  Gaspery   (further information)
used for openoffice, so its not spyware
I cannot re-install my Webshots without it
  jane K.  
My HP Pavilion slimline s7520n crashed hard after installing Staples memory and downloading driver detective. Big frickin' oops!!! a computer I said was so damn reliable, took a shitter in 10 min. flat. I bought the HP recovery discs that did not come with the machine at staples. as the setup neared 81 percent 4 hours later, I did Ctrl +Alt+Del and just wanted to see what shit they were puttin in this poor little box. Python.exe came up and I found this site saying its some kind of virus. It's not.
  Ron Laukaitis  
Python is used bei RoteListe Intranet Version
  MasterLee   (further information)
used for much programms
Python is a great programming language, like Dave says: Python can be used to program whatever.
  Mark Stanley   (further information)
This is a script interpreter for the Python programming language. It may do anything, depending on the specific Python program that it runs. A Python script, like any other program, can basically do anything, and may be either useful or dangeous. If you see this process running, you should use a program like Process Explorer to inspec the specific command line using which it was started, which contains the specific script that it executes. You should then inspect that script (which usually has a .py, .pyc, .pyo or .pyw extension) rather than the python.exe process itself to see what it does.
  Dan   (further information)
Python is a Programming Language
  Karen G.   (further information)
i got a virrus and it broke python now it does not work SO GET VIRRUS PROTECTION ASAP!
Python is a programming language. Python.exe allows you to run python scripts and programs, which themselves may or may not be useful to you. Mac OS X and Linux typically have python installed by default. Windows (sadly) does not.
  Kim Bruning   (further information)
Runs on my works network PC on Monday mornings, and seems to be connected (in my system) to ibmmessages.exe and ucgather.exe. This is an IBM machine and i suspect these routines enable the PC to'Call Home' to IBM. They hog memory initially but then settle down. I usually kill them off in Task Manager for the fun of it! Not Spyware in the usual sense of the term but still 'snooping' i believe.
This is the python interpreter. It should be in C:\pythonxx\python.exe. If you've installed the python language, its fine.
  I am nobody...   (further information)
It is an interpreter for the Python programming language. It's not malicious by itself, however its exact behavior is determined by the actual Python program that it is running, which can theoretically be malicious (though I haven't encountered such a case yet). Recommendation is to determine the program that it actually runs and check that program. In most cases, you're using some program written in Python so it's required.
  Dan   (further information)
Completely harmless!
Virus scan just deleted it. But its part of Glassfish. Ooops
Its a programming language, so its danger depends entirely on what someone runs in it. Also, many programs will not work without it, and may come with it included.
A programming language, if you have programs that use Python installed then you will see high CPU usage for it. It's safe!
  Cheezey   (further information)
python is a language (as i hope you guys know) however it is not at all unheard of for a virus to hide itself as a benign application. python does not come automatically installed on a windows system. a virus could also be dependent on python (that is very unlikely as it could use py2exe) viruses will often add false dependencies into other programs to make them hard to delete. Unless you installed python or a program with a python dependency, it is dangerous. considering the fact that if it is has gotten on your computer by itself, it can certainly run itself, so you may actually consider running it and seeing if it is python, as it couldn't get worse.
Right click on the process in Task Manager and choose open file location. This should tell you what program's folder the process is running under. I have four Python process threads and they all point to my Plex Media Server which is harmless and safe.
  Salvatore Apodaca   (further information)
Python is an interpreter for python driven programs. Like Java, python reads bytecode from source files and runs them. If it's the authentic python.exe shipped for that purpose, it's not spyware. Some applications are required for it. So if you delete it and then realize that some programs stopped working, you then will have screwed the pooch.
  Anonymoose   (further information)
my python is part of Plex

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of python.exe: based on 37 votes with 27 user comments. 20 users think python.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 4 users think it's probably harmless. 7 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 5 users suspect danger. One user thinks python.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it. 3 users don't grade python.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving python issues

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