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

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

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

Purpose of this file:
This OpenWith.exe windows task is a program that was most likely on your system the day you bought your computer especially if you bought Windows 10 or later. It most likely was not installed by you. Always double check the spelling and location which is shown below, as this guarantees you are not looking at an task which could be similiar named spyware or malware, etc. Its just good practice to double check this to make sure it is the same task and same folder location. This OpenWith.exe software is part of your Microsoft Windows system, and its purpose is to identify which software will be used for executing and opening specific file types. You will see this appear in your ctrl-alt-del tasklist and you may even see multiple tasks listed there. Do not attempt to remove OpenWith.exe and do not attempt to kill this task in your tasklist. This software is considered safe and is not virus, spyware, or adware related. Visit openwith.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 openwith.exe location, where is it stored on my computer?
This fie will be found on your hard drive at
C:\Windows\System32\OpenWith.exe Like other windows tasks, you may find cached versions in other folders all within the windows folder path.


  • Is openwith.exe spyware?
        No, this windows task is not spyware.

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

  • Is openwith.exe considered a virus or trojan?
        No, this windows task is not a virus or trojan program.

  • Would you recommend that I remove openwith.exe?
        No, I would not remove this file.

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