What does the billy.exe file do?
The billy.exe process is also known as Billy The Goat and is a part of Autorun Eater. This software is produced by Old McDonald's Farm (oldmacdonaldshumble.com). An obsolete or defective version of billy.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- Billy The Goat has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- Billy The Goat has stopped working. A problem caused the program to stop working correctly. Windows will close the program and notify you if a solution is available. (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- billy.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module billy.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about billy.exe Billy The Goat
billy.exe is not a Windows system file and is known to frequently cause computer problems. The file billy.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subdirectory of "C:\Users\USERNAME".
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 370,032 bytes (37% of all these files), 415,638 bytes, 411,108 bytes or, as the case may be, 425,250 bytes.
You can use Windows Control Panel (Programs icon) to completely remove the software. File properties have not been internally documented by the producer or developer. The program executes in the background, and can only be terminated using Windows Task Manager. The billy file is no part of Microsoft Windows. Billy.exe is capable of interpret keystrokes, track other applications as well as modify other Windows tasks. For this reason, 35% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.
A billy.exe file has a 46% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in a subdirectory of C:\. In this case, the file size is usually 410,577 bytes. File properties have not been internally documented by the producer or developer. This billy.exe process does not have a visible window, and does not appear on the taskbar. The billy file is no part of Microsoft Windows. Billy.exe is capable of record keystrokes, track other applications as well as Change the behavior of other applications.
If you see this file on your hard drive or in Windows Task Manager, please make sure that it is not a malicious variant. It's a fact that many trojans try to cloak their true identity by calling themselves billy.exe. With the above information or by using tools like Security Task Manager you can determine if, in your case, the file is an undesirable variant.
What do other computer users say about billy?
|main component of 'autorun eater' a software to block autorun malware from executing |
|My Billy.exe’s a part of “AutoRun Eater” (by Old McDonald’s Farm Freeware) which prompts and where optioned, destroys suspicious autorun.inf files pretty much wherever found (usually on pen drives is where malicious autorun.inf’s are pervasive, eg; bar311′s one that has the ability to basically crate havoc by screwing up your MBR such that the second you log on, Windows (actually the malicious autorun.inf’s resulting effects) immediately log’s you off, such that even safe mode may not allow you to access your machine. Of note my Billy.exe’s located inside my XP’s c:\program files\autorun eater (further information...) |
|If located in %Temp%\ixp000.tmp\billy.exe then it is a malware |
|It keeps on poping up every time i click on any application, and this irritates |
|Its an annoying application...... |
Summary: 4 users judge billy.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. One user considers it harmless. For this reason, 2 users have already deleted billy.exe. source: file.net
How to uninstall Autorun Eater
To remove Billy The Goat from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.
- Click the Windows Start Button. In Windows 8, look for Control Panel.
- Click Control Panel.
- Click Uninstall a program.
- Look for Autorun Eater in the list of available programs.
- Click Uninstall.
How to tell if billy.exe (Billy The Goat) was uninstalled cleanly
After uninstalling, restart your computer. Then start Windows Explorer and see if there is still a folder with the name of the software under C:\Program Files. Be sure to check the Registry as well for remnants of Billy The Goat. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for Billy The Goat or the name of the producer. Always keep in mind that only a computer professional should ever directly delete entries in the Windows Registry.
What to do if a program does not uninstall
The easiest way to remove any kind of software cleanly and accurately is to use an uninstaller tool. Because the uninstaller automatically creates a backup, there is no risk of anything going wrong.
Last but not least
If Windows not working quite right for you, or if startup is taking a long time, or billy.exe is causing problems for you, a good Windows diagnostic tool may very well help. This is especially effective when it comes to older computers that have accumulated vast quantities of "garbage data" as the result of many software installs and uninstalls.