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What does the certutil.exe file do?

The certutil.exe process is also known as certutil.exe and is a part of GeniusBox or, as the case may be, Trend Micro Password Manager. This software is produced by unknown. An obsolete or defective version of certutil.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:

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What you should know about certutil.exe certutil.exe

certutil.exe is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. The file certutil.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files". Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 90,112 bytes (50% of all these files) or, as the case may be, 109,568 bytes.
This file does not contain any exact product information, as would normally be expected today. This certutil.exe process does not have a visible window, and does not appear on the taskbar. It was developed by a so-called third party provider - and not by Microsoft. certutil.exe appears to be a file that was compressed by an EXE-Packer. This technique is often used by trojans to keep the file size small and also hamper debugging efforts. However, this in itself is not sufficient reason to presume malicious intent, since even well-intentioned, professional software producers take advantage of compressed files. For this reason, 56% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.

A certutil.exe file has a 41% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Users\USERNAME". In this case, the file size is usually 90,112 bytes (50% of all these files) or, as the case may be, 102,400 bytes. The file does not supply any version information or other description. This certutil.exe process does not have a visible window, and does not appear on the taskbar. It does not come from Microsoft and is not part of the operating system. certutil.exe appears to be a file that was compressed by an EXE-Packer. This technique is often used by trojans to keep the file size small and also hamper debugging efforts. However, this in itself is not sufficient reason to presume malicious intent, since even well-intentioned, professional software producers take advantage of compressed files.

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 certutil.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 certutil?

The file spreads very slowly and does not often make an appearance. Therefore, feedback from other users is not yet available.

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How to uninstall GeniusBox or Trend Micro Password Manager

To remove certutil.exe from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.

  1. Click the Windows Start Button. You find it in the lower left corner of the taskbar.
  2. Type the word uninstall.
  3. Click Add or remove programs.
  4. Now locate GeniusBox or Trend Micro Password Manager in the list of displayed applications.
  5. Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
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How to tell if certutil.exe (certutil.exe) 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 certutil.exe. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for certutil.exe 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 certutil.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.

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