What is Util.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 Util.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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Util.exe file information

The process Util.exe contains no information about the creator.

Description: Util.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Util.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 188,416 bytes (66% of all occurrences) or 252,928 bytes. 
Util.exe is a file with no information about its developer. The software is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). Util.exe is not a Windows system file. Util.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and connect to the Internet. Therefore the technical security rating is 50% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Recommended: Identify Util.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as Util.exe, for example Win32:Trojan-gen {Other} (detected by Avast), and Generic.dx (detected by McAfee). Therefore, you should check the Util.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

It is part of the driver load for a Triton (and possibly others) USB 2.0 to VGA video cable. If you are using a USB to VGA video cable you probably want to keep it, otherwise probably not.
  Bob Womble  
Its virus FileRepMegagen [DRP} Luckily my antivirus stopped it!
Safe and essential, IF, VGA2USBE2 (Vga to Usb adapter hardware, has been installed. File detail: Location, System32 folder; 189K; ~8/2009; Signed: Magic Control Technology Corp. IF NOT NEEDED: 1st, VERIFY visible in: Control Panel/All Control Panel Items/System/Device Manager/Display Adapters/"Trigger USB Graphics Chipset Family (1P-E) & (1P-M)". Then, CLEAN- UNINSTALL from: ...Panel Items/Program and features/ "USD Display Device (Trigger 1+) 10.09...".
  Ted Jude Porche   (further information)

Summary: Average user rating of Util.exe: based on 3 votes with 3 user comments. One user thinks Util.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user thinks Util.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving Util issues

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