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What does the icq.exe file do?

The icq.exe process is also known as ICQ Library and is a part of ICQ6 or, as the case may be, Mail.Ru Agent. This software is produced by ICQ (www.icq.com). An obsolete or defective version of icq.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 icq.exe ICQ Library

icq.exe is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. Icq.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files" - as a rule C:\Program Files\ICQ\. Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 1,880,639 bytes (33% of all these files), 173,304 bytes or, as the case may be, 172,280 bytes.
The program appears as a small tray icon. You will find it on the Windows taskbar next to the clock. If you don't see the tray icon, click the white (<) symbol. This particular software is recognizable as a window and also on the taskbar. The file does not supply any version information or other description. The file was developed by a so-called third party provider - and not by Microsoft. The application is connected to a server on the Internet or in your local network. This file contains a digital signature from Verisign, a subsidiary of Symantec. Verisign thereby confirms this file's authenticity and integrity. The file has a digital signature. This confirms that the producer has been registered with a certificate authority. Icq.exe is capable of interpret keystrokes. For this reason, 14% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.

A icq.exe file has a 32% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Users\USERNAME". In this case, the file size is usually 13,179,660 bytes. This file contains no information about the producer or the version. This process does not appear as a visible window, but only in Task Manager. The original file is digitally signed. Check your file. The producer of the file is registered with a certificate authority. This confirms the genuineness of the file. The file is no part of Microsoft Windows. Icq.exe is capable of record keystrokes, make itself undetectable by other programs as well as supervise programs.

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 icq.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 icq?

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Summary: 4 users judge icq.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. source: file.net

How to uninstall ICQ6 or Mail.Ru Agent

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

  1. Click the Windows Start Button. In Windows 8, look for Control Panel.
  2. Click Control Panel.
  3. Click Uninstall a program.
  4. Look for ICQ6 or Mail.Ru Agent in the list of available programs.
  5. Click Uninstall.

How to tell if icq.exe (ICQ Library) 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 ICQ Library. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for ICQ Library 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 icq.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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