What does the santa.bat file do?
There is no reliable information about the producer of the "santa.bat" process. An obsolete or defective version of santa.bat can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- santa.bat has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- santa.bat 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)
- santa.bat has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module santa.bat. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about santa.bat santa.bat
santa.bat is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. The file santa.bat is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Users\USERNAME".
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 178 bytes (37% of all these files), 172 bytes, 181 bytes or, as the case may be, 184 bytes.
The application is recognizable as a window and also on the taskbar. There is no embedded description in this file. These days, this is rather unusual This process is initiated as part of Windows start-up (Registry: User Shell Folders). Santa.bat was developed by a so-called third party provider - and not by Microsoft. santa.bat 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. 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 santa.bat 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 172 bytes (33% of all these files), 190 bytes or, as the case may be, 184 bytes. The application is recognizable as a window and also on the taskbar. The file does not contain any exact product information, as would normally be expected today. This santa.bat process is initiated as part of Windows start-up (Registry: User Shell Folders). The santa file is not part of the Windows operating system. santa.bat 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 santa.bat. 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 santa?
The file spreads very slowly and does not often make an appearance. Therefore, feedback from other users is not yet available.
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How to uninstall unknown
To remove santa.bat 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 unknown in the list of available programs.
- Click Uninstall.
How to tell if santa.bat (santa.bat) 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 santa.bat. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for santa.bat 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 santa.bat 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.