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Is LimeWire.exe safe?

LimeWire.exe is a executable file (a program) within Windows. The filename extension .exe denotes an executable file. You should only run executable files from publishers you trust, because executable files can potentially change your computer settings or harm your computer. The free file information forum can help you determine if LimeWire.exe is a virus, trojan, spyware, or adware that you can remove, or a file belonging to a Windows system or to an application you can trust.

LimeWire.exe file information

The process known as LimeWire: The most advanced file sharing program on the planet or LimeWire Professional belongs to software LimeWire PRO or LimeWire Pro or "Doras Rapido River Rafting by Lime Wire (www.limewire.com).

Description: LimeWire.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. LimeWire.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of C:\ or in a subfolder of "C:\Documents and Settings" - e.g. C:\Program Files\LimeWire\. Known file sizes on Windows 7/XP are 81,920 bytes (41% of all occurrences), 159,744 bytes and 7 more variants. http://www.file.net/process/limewire.exe.html 
The program has a visible window. The LimeWire.exe file is not a Windows system file. You can uninstall this program in the control panel. The process uses ports to connect to a LAN or the Internet. Therefore the technical security rating is 23% dangerous; however you should also read the users reviews.
You can do the following:
  1) uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Add/Remove programs > LimeWire or LimeWire PRO)
  2) contact www.limewire.com Customer Service
  3) look for a new, improved version.

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If LimeWire.exe is located in a subfolder of the "My Files" folder, the security rating is 26% dangerous. The file size is 81,920 bytes. The program has a visible window. The software starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders, HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServices, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run). The process uses ports to connect to a LAN or the Internet. LimeWire.exe is not a Windows core file.

If LimeWire.exe is located in a subfolder of Windows Temp folder, the security rating is 16% dangerous. The file size is 147,456 bytes. The program has a visible window. The LimeWire.exe file is not a Windows system file.

If LimeWire.exe is located in the folder C:\Windows\System32, the security rating is 96% dangerous. The file size is 1,506,304 bytes.

External information from Paul Collins:

  • "LimeWire x.x" is not required to run at start up. LimeWire - Peer to Peer (P2P) file-sharing client. x.x represents the version number. Note - as with all P2P sharing programs they are susceptible to various forms of malware

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as LimeWire.exe, particularly when located in the c:\windows or c:\windows\system32 folder. Therefore, you should check the LimeWire.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


User Comments

its for limewire if u have it so its not dangerous i found it in windows task manager in processes
it says its searching for limewire .exe.
download music and other files
"It's a DL-Mgr" 2-get shared MP3-AVI files via Gnutella Net & like any file "I scan it w/ Nod32 /AVG-AS /Trojan Hunter B-4 running & search 4 CLEAN files w/ Bitzi !
  GCK   (further information)
though can be dangerous if you don't understand what you are doing.
p2p file sharing. Careful what you download. mp3 have not had any problems. Wouldn't download any programs. wma, wmv, mov files (usually fake, adsponsered)
Runs fine for me, no problems. Stays as a system process after program is shut down, but can be manually shutdown from task manager.
  Music Hog  
LimeWire is a peer to peer filesharing program. Be very careful when using it is a gateway to viruses and hackers! Can be dangerous when downloading programs via LimeWire! Harmless if used to get free Music, Videos, and Pictures.
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of LimeWire.exe: based on 30 votes with 9 reviews.
13 users think LimeWire.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 4 users think it's probably harmless. 7 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 3 users suspect danger. 3 users think LimeWire.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 4 users don't grade LimeWire.exe ("not sure about it").

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