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

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



Process or task name:

Always double check your task spelling if you are concerned about spyware or viruses, as often they use similiar spelling for these windows processes and 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


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

  • Is this software task considered adware or malware?
        No, this windows task is not popup or adware related software.

  • Is defender.exe 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.

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