What does the procexp.exe file do?
The procexp.exe process is also known as Sysinternals Process Explorer and is a part of Process Explorer or, as the case may be, Sysinternals Utilities. This software is produced by Sysinternals - www.sysinternals.com (technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals) or, as the case may be, Microsoft (www.microsoft.com). An obsolete or defective version of procexp.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- Sysinternals Process Explorer has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- Sysinternals Process Explorer 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)
- procexp.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module procexp.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about procexp.exe Sysinternals Process Explorer
procexp.exe is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. Procexp.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Users\USERNAME".
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 2,925,760 bytes (18% of all these files), 2,508,440 bytes as well as 14 other variants.
The original file has a digital certificate (see its file properties). Procexp.exe does not come from Microsoft and is not part of the operating system. The program executes in the background, and can only be terminated using Windows Task Manager. Procexp.exe is capable of track other applications. For this reason, 36% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.
- A procexp.exe file has a 36% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files". In this case, the file size is usually 3,550,592 bytes (33% of all these files), 4,177,272 bytes as well as 7 other variants. Procexp.exe does not come from Microsoft and is not part of the operating system. The original file has a digital certificate (see its file properties). This process does not have a visible window, and does not appear on the taskbar. Procexp.exe is capable of supervise programs.
- A procexp.exe file has a 49% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in in a subdirectory of the Windows Temp folder. In this case, the file size is usually 2,508,432 bytes (33% of all these files), 2,712,200 bytes as well as 5 other variants. The original file has been signed by a trusted signature authority. This lets you check your copy to see if it is a counterfeit. This file does not come from Microsoft and is not part of the operating system. The program executes in the background, and can only be terminated using Windows Task Manager. Procexp.exe is capable of track other applications.
- A procexp.exe file has a 26% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in in a subdirectory of the "My Documents" folder. In this case, the file size is usually 3,522,600 bytes (33% of all these files), 2,738,264 bytes, 2,691,192 bytes, 3,550,064 bytes or, as the case may be, 4,754,224 bytes.
- A procexp.exe file has a 25% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in a subdirectory of C:\. In this case, the file size is usually 3,522,600 bytes (33% of all these files), 3,523,624 bytes or, as the case may be, 2,480,312 bytes.
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 procexp.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 procexp?
|"process explorer begins where windows task manager ends"...from the developers homepage. An excellent application and free. Go check out the site, LOADS of free interesting system analysis tools for d/loading + truly helpful stuff for developers etc. |
|Taskmanager Ersatz |
|Sehr guter Task-Explorer |
|been using it for over a year...10 stars |
|good for trojans |
Summary: 15 users judge procexp.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. 5 users consider it harmless. For this reason, one user has already deleted procexp.exe. source: file.net
How to uninstall Process Explorer or Sysinternals Utilities
To remove Sysinternals Process Explorer from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.
- Click the Windows Start Button. In Windows 8, look for Control Panel.
- Click Control Panel.
- Click Uninstall a program.
- Look for Process Explorer or Sysinternals Utilities in the list of available programs.
- Click Uninstall.
How to tell if procexp.exe (Sysinternals Process Explorer) 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 Sysinternals Process Explorer. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for Sysinternals Process Explorer 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 procexp.exe is causing problems for you, a good Registry Cleaner 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.