Is Thumbs.db safe?

Please read below to decide for yourself whether the Thumbs.db 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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Thumbs.db file information

The process known as Thumbs.db belongs to software Minecraft by unknown.

Description: Thumbs.db is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The Thumbs.db file is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder or sometimes in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 8,192 bytes (75% of all occurrences) or 7,168 bytes. 
The program has a visible window. There is no file information. The process starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: User Shell Folders). Thumbs.db is not a Windows system file. Thumbs.db appears to be a compressed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 51% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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

For faster thumbnail viewing in folders
  A Helpful Tipper   (further information)
If you low on hard drive space, you could freely disable creation of Thumbs.db files mentioned above and safely delete all Thumbs.db files saving needed megabytes. Well, I'm using this "del /ash /s thumbs.db " from command line to delete files.
I found a good utility to view Thumbs.db files. Hope it will be useful for someone else.
  Elena   (further information)
for thumbnail foto not virus i scan with nod32 and bitdefender
  irvan kurniawan  

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Summary: Average user rating of Thumbs.db: based on 6 votes with 4 user comments. 5 users think Thumbs.db is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks Thumbs.db is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving Thumbs issues

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