What does the exiftool.exe file do?
The exiftool.exe process is also known as Read and Write meta information or, as the case may be, Affinity Photo and is a part of Affinity Photo or, as the case may be, ExifTool. This software is produced by Phil Harvey or, as the case may be, Serif (Europe). An obsolete or defective version of exiftool.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- Read and Write meta information has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- Read and Write meta information 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)
- exiftool.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close.
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module exiftool.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about exiftool.exe Read and Write meta information
exiftool.exe is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. Exiftool.exe is found in in a subdirectory of the Windows Temp folder.
The file size is 57,856 bytes.
File properties have not been internally documented by the producer or developer. It was developed by a so-called third party provider - and not by Microsoft. This exiftool.exe process does not appear as a visible window, but only in Task Manager. For this reason, 84% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.
A exiftool.exe file has a 35% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files". In this case, the file size is usually 8,253,252 bytes (50% of all these files) or, as the case may be, 5,022,663 bytes.
This process does not have a visible window, and does not appear on the taskbar. It is no part of Microsoft Windows.
A exiftool.exe file has a 70% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Users\USERNAME". In this case, the file size is usually 57,856 bytes (50% of all these files) or, as the case may be, 53,299 bytes. This exiftool program does not have a visible window, and does not appear on the taskbar. This file is no part of Microsoft Windows. The file does not supply any version information or other description.
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 exiftool.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 exiftool?
|Exiftool is a standalone tool, based upon Perl, that controls metadata in JPEG files. Norton is indeed flagging it as a security risk, although I found several legitimate references to it on the internet. (further information...) |
Summary: source: file.net
How to uninstall Affinity Photo or ExifTool
To remove Read and Write meta information 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 Affinity Photo or ExifTool in the list of displayed applications.
- Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
How to tell if exiftool.exe (Read and Write meta information) 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 Read and Write meta information. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for Read and Write meta information 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 exiftool.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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