What does the cron.exe file do?
There is no detailed information about the producer of the cron.exe process. However, the analysis below will give you an idea of what this process does. An obsolete or defective version of cron.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- cron.exe has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- cron.exe 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)
- cron.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module cron.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about cron.exe cron.exe
cron.exe is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. The file cron.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files".
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 216,635 bytes (75% of all these files) or, as the case may be, 216,648 bytes.
File properties have not been internally documented by the producer or developer. This cron.exe process does not appear as a visible window, but only in Task Manager. Windows starts the process each time that the computer boots up (Registry: MACHINE\Run). The cron file is not part of the Windows operating system. Cron.exe is capable of record keystrokes, track other applications as well as Change the behavior of other applications. For this reason, 64% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.
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 cron.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 cron?
|Cygwin version of Unix CRON for Windows (further information...) |
|Cron.exe is a part of the open source anti theft program Prey. Prey lets you take screen shots from the camer if your computer has been stolen. It also lets you track the computer down |
Summary: 2 users judge cron.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. source: file.net
How to uninstall unknown
To remove cron.exe 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 unknown in the list of displayed applications.
- Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
How to tell if cron.exe (cron.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 cron.exe. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for cron.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 cron.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.