What does the TiVoBeacon.exe file do?
The TiVoBeacon.exe process is also known as TiVo Beacon Service and is a part of TiVo Desktop. This software is produced by TiVo (www.tivo.com). An obsolete or defective version of TiVoBeacon.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- TiVo Beacon service has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- TiVo Beacon service 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)
- TiVoBeacon.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module TiVoBeacon.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about TiVoBeacon.exe TiVo Beacon service
TiVoBeacon.exe is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. TiVoBeacon.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files\Public Documents".
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 848,896 bytes (37% of all these files), 868,864 bytes, 864,768 bytes, 865,280 bytes or, as the case may be, 857,088 bytes.
The program executes in the background, and can only be terminated using Windows Task Manager. It is no part of Microsoft Windows. This particular software is connected to a server on the Internet or in your local network. TiVoBeacon.exe is capable of connect to the Internet, interpret keystrokes as well as make itself undetectable by other programs. For this reason, 53% 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 TiVoBeacon.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 TiVoBeacon?
|This is part of TiVo Desktop and used to broadcast to networkd TiVo devices the location of a server that is sharing Music and Photos for TiVo. |
|Part of TiVo2Go |
|My Tivo Desktop |
Summary: 3 users judge TiVoBeacon.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. source: file.net
How to uninstall TiVo Desktop
To remove TiVo Beacon service 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 TiVo Desktop in the list of available programs.
- Click Uninstall.
How to tell if TiVoBeacon.exe (TiVo Beacon service) 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 TiVo Beacon service. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for TiVo Beacon service 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 TiVoBeacon.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.