What does the Cleanup.exe file do?
The Cleanup.exe process is also known as Removes temporary files. Frees disk space and helps protect privacy! :-) or, as the case may be, EA Installer Cleanup and is a part of Windows CleanUp or, as the case may be, EA Installer Cleanup. This software is produced by Steven R. Gould (www.stevengould.org) or, as the case may be, Electronic Arts (www.ea.com). An obsolete or defective version of Cleanup.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- Removes temporary has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- Removes temporary 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)
- Cleanup.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close.
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module Cleanup.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about Cleanup.exe Removes temporary
Cleanup.exe is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. Cleanup.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Users\USERNAME".
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 475,136 bytes (33% of all these files), 315,815 bytes or, as the case may be, 409,600 bytes.
The program appears as a window on the desktop. The Cleanup file is not part of the Windows operating system. This Cleanup.exe process is initiated as part of Windows start-up (Registry: RunOnce). Cleanup.exe is capable of record keystrokes as well as track other applications. For this reason, 47% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.
A Cleanup.exe file has a 26% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files\Public Documents". In this case, the file size is usually 525,664 bytes. The producer of the file is registered with a certificate authority. This confirms the genuineness of the file. The file contains a digital signature from Verisign, a subsidiary of Symantec. Verisign thereby confirms this file's authenticity and integrity. This process does not have a visible window, and does not appear on the taskbar. The Cleanup file is not part of the Windows operating system. Cleanup.exe is capable of monitor other applications as well as log keyboard entries.
A Cleanup.exe file has a 100% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in the C:\Windows\System32 directory. In this case, the file size is usually 28,160 bytes. There is no embedded description in this file. These days, this is rather unusual The Cleanup file was developed by a so-called third party provider - and not by Microsoft. The program executes in the background, and can only be terminated using Windows Task Manager. Cleanup.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 Cleanup.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 Cleanup?
|The CleanUp! Programme that clears your computer of temporary files, a utility that should be run now and again |
|clean temp files |
|task manager showed 2 instances running as C:\documents and settings\local settings\temp\~e5d141.tmp |
|There is a file by that name included with any Soundmax drivers |
|Unkillable process, tries persistently to kill McAfee VirusScan Enterprise! Located in "C:\Documents and Settings\[User]\Local Settings\Temp". The process seems to have been started when trying to uninstall Epson Ink Monitor. Why would a legitimate program refuse to be killed and try to shut down virus protection? |
Summary: 6 users judge Cleanup.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. However, one user considers this to be a suspicious process and would like to get rid of it. For this reason, one user has already deleted Cleanup.exe. source: file.net
How to uninstall Windows CleanUp or EA Installer Cleanup
To remove Removes temporary from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.
- Click the Windows Start Button. You find it in the lower left corner of the taskbar.
- Type the word uninstall.
- Click Add or remove programs.
- Now locate Windows CleanUp or EA Installer Cleanup in the list of displayed applications.
- Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
How to tell if Cleanup.exe (Removes temporary) 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 Removes temporary. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for Removes temporary 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 Cleanup.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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