What is shadow.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 shadow.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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Shadow.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with shadow
Shadow.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Session Remote Control Utility belongs to software NTI Shadow for ReadyNAS or Microsoft Windows Operating System by Microsoft ( or NewTech Infosystems (

Description: Shadow.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Shadow.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 503,808 bytes (20% of all occurrences), 6,856,284 bytes, 678,960 bytes, 677,112 bytes or 12,936,693 bytes. 
Shadow.exe is not a Windows core file. Shadow.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 23% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: The software publisher Ntius provides update information ( You could uninstall the software NTI Shadow for ReadyNAS or NTI Shadow 3 using the Uninstall a Program function of Windows Control Panel (Windows: Start, Settings, Control Panel, Uninstall a Program).

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If shadow.exe is located in the C:\Windows folder, the security rating is 72% dangerous. The file size is 5,137 bytes. There is no file information. The program is not visible. The file is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. It is not a Windows system file.

If shadow.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder, the security rating is 2% dangerous. The file size is 20,992 bytes. Shadow.exe is a Windows core system file. It is a trustworthy file from Microsoft. The program has no visible window.

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

(Shadow.exe --minimize) is how this is named on my PC not sure if it is a bad thing but I can't find anything on it the " --minimize" is what concerns me
Shadow.exe is used to access control over or to monitor remotely another's computer.
shadow.exe is owned by Microsoft Coporation and is identified as a "Session Remote Control Utility". As it is owned by Microsoft, it is safe.
  Banement I  
Ich benutze dieses Programm für die Sicherung meiner "Eigenen Dateien" seit Jahren. Es hat noch nie Propleme unter XP gegeben. Ein ausgezeichnets Programm, dass nur die geänderten Dateien sichert. Man kann festlegen welche Pfade auf welche Laufwerke gesichert werden soll.
  Frank Jünger  

Summary: Average user rating of shadow.exe: based on 3 votes with 4 user comments. 2 users think it's probably harmless. One user thinks shadow.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving shadow issues

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