defender.exe - Is defender.exe trojan, malware, or a virus?

what is defender.exe?
Purpose of defender.exe:



Process or task name:

Be sure to always double check your spelling if you are concerned about spyware, as often spyware will use a very similiar spelling of system processes or other common tasks. defender.exe

File type:
Exe program - Files with an extension of "exe" are executable programs.

Purpose of this file:
Defender.exe is an executable program file. Always check the file location which is shown below, as this is a way to verify you have the correct file. Often spyware or virus writers use similiar names in hopes to fool you into thinking its a good file, but they place the spyware in other disk locations with the similiar or same name. This Defender.exe file is a virus and rogue antispyware program. It can get on your pc through rogue websites, and it will close your tasklist if you open it. I would remove this immediately if it was on my computer. To manually remove this defender.exe virus, power off the computer and boot into safe mode, then go to the folder locations below and delete the file. Then reboot and it will be back to normal. As one file safety check to help ease your mind, download the free Microsoft safety scanner here http://www.microsoft.com/security/scanner/en-us/default.aspx and run a full scan. This is good to do occasionally anyways as its free and will help keep your machine clean. Visit defender.exe for complete information on this task or process. If you would like help on other tasks or processes, you can view the entire process and task directory here.

What is the defender.exe location, where is it stored on my computer?
This program should be searched for but also can be found at C:\Program Files\SpySpotter3\Defender.exe -startup On later windows systems it will be found at c:\users\owner\appdata\roaming\defender.exe


Note on file and folder locations: Remember that although many files are always in default file locations, some files can easily be moved to different locations or change names like many virus, spyware, or malware do. If you suspect you have a virus or spyware, check to see if you see a similiar names stored elsewhere. It always helps to check your tasklist also to see what is currently running on your computer. You can always view the tasklist on your computer by pressing ctrl-alt-del to view your "task manager", and then click the "processes" tab. This will show you all tasks running on your computer. Dll files will NOT show on your computer tasklist, as dll files are actually part of other processes. You may see similiar program names running if spyware or adware is on your computer, for example, defender.exe may be slightly misspelled to keep you from finding it, or spyware and adware may be named very similiar to a system file. Make sure always check the location of tasks or processes if you are concerned. defender.exe can also be used by other programs or software, as there is no standard on software program names what companies choose.

  • Is defender.exe spyware?
        Yes. This is considered a spyware related program.

  • Is this considered adware or popup related?
        No.

  • Is this considered a virus or trojan?
        Yes.

  • Would you recommend that I remove defender.exe?
        Yes, I would remove defender.exe if it was on my computer. If you wish to do this, and you get an error message because you cannot access it, you should first terminate the task in your tasklist and then attempt to add it to your recycle bin again.

  • View All Tasks and Processes
    Defender.exe is an executable program file. Always check the file location which is shown below, as this is a way to verify you have the correct file. Often spyware or virus writers use similiar names in hopes to fool you into thinking its a good file, but they place the spyware in other disk locations with the similiar or same name. This Defender.exe file is a virus and rogue antispyware program. It can get on your pc through rogue websites, and it will close your tasklist if you open it. I would remove this immediately if it was on my computer. To manually remove this defender.exe virus, power off the computer and boot into safe mode, then go to the folder locations below and delete the file. Then reboot and it will be back to normal. As one file safety check to help ease your mind, download the free Microsoft safety scanner here http://www.microsoft.com/security/scanner/en-us/default.aspx and run a full scan. This is good to do occasionally anyways as its free and will help keep your machine clean. This program should be searched for but also can be found at C:\Program Files\SpySpotter3\Defender.exe -startup On later windows systems it will be found at c:\users\owner\appdata\roaming\defender.exe Please feel free to check www.what-is-exe.com for any future lookups or updates, as this index is continually changing and expanding.