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What is python.exe?

Python.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 python.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.

Python.exe file information

The process known as python.exe belongs to software Python or Dump Truck by IBM (www.ibm.com) or Martin v. Löwis or Panda Software International (www.pandasoftware.com).

Description: Python.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file python.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 7/XP are 4,608 bytes (45% of all occurrences), 10,136 bytes and 4 more variants. http://www.file.net/process/python.exe.html 
The program has no file description. The program is not visible. The python.exe file is not a Windows system file. The program can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. The program uses ports to connect to a LAN or the Internet. Therefore the technical security rating is 57% dangerous, however also read the users reviews.
If you are having problems with python.exe, you can uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Add/Remove programs > Haufe iDesk-Service or Dump Truck).

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If python.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\, the security rating is 48% dangerous. The file size is 4,608 bytes (50% of all occurrences), 24,064 bytes or 26,624 bytes. There is no description of the program. The program is not visible. You can uninstall this program in the control panel. It is not a Windows core file. The program listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet.
If you are having problems with python.exe, you can uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Add/Remove programs > Python).

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as python.exe, particularly when located in the c:\windows or c:\windows\system32 folder. Therefore, you should check the python.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

This is Python's interpreter execuble. This file runs other Python programs, which may, or may not, be harmful.
  David G.   (further information)
i had task manager open and noticed it was running and taking up 86% of my comps performance
  steven hewitt  
It is not spyware.
  guy   (further information)
its a spyware was using most of my resources, i used task manager to shut it off then my PC was restored to its normal speed
nonessential. find it, back it up, delete it. Whatever tries to use it will pop up an error message. In my case, it was being used incorrectly by a windows tweaking program.
is programing langulange
  Gaspery   (further information)
used for openoffice, so its not spyware
I cannot re-install my Webshots without it
  jane K.  
My HP Pavilion slimline s7520n crashed hard after installing Staples memory and downloading driver detective. Big frickin' oops!!! a computer I said was so damn reliable, took a shitter in 10 min. flat. I bought the HP recovery discs that did not come with the machine at staples. as the setup neared 81 percent 4 hours later, I did Ctrl +Alt+Del and just wanted to see what shit they were puttin in this poor little box. Python.exe came up and I found this site saying its some kind of virus. It's not.
  Ron Laukaitis  
Python is used bei RoteListe Intranet Version
  MasterLee   (further information)
used for much programms
Python is a great programming language, like Dave says: Python can be used to program whatever.
  Mark Stanley   (further information)
This is a script interpreter for the Python programming language. It may do anything, depending on the specific Python program that it runs. A Python script, like any other program, can basically do anything, and may be either useful or dangeous. If you see this process running, you should use a program like Process Explorer to inspec the specific command line using which it was started, which contains the specific script that it executes. You should then inspect that script (which usually has a .py, .pyc, .pyo or .pyw extension) rather than the python.exe process itself to see what it does.
  Dan   (further information)
Python is a Programming Language
  Karen G.   (further information)
i got a virrus and it broke python now it does not work SO GET VIRRUS PROTECTION ASAP!
Python is a programming language. Python.exe allows you to run python scripts and programs, which themselves may or may not be useful to you. Mac OS X and Linux typically have python installed by default. Windows (sadly) does not.
  Kim Bruning   (further information)
Runs on my works network PC on Monday mornings, and seems to be connected (in my system) to ibmmessages.exe and ucgather.exe. This is an IBM machine and i suspect these routines enable the PC to'Call Home' to IBM. They hog memory initially but then settle down. I usually kill them off in Task Manager for the fun of it! Not Spyware in the usual sense of the term but still 'snooping' i believe.
This is the python interpreter. It should be in C:\pythonxx\python.exe. If you've installed the python language, its fine.
  I am nobody...   (further information)
It is an interpreter for the Python programming language. It's not malicious by itself, however its exact behavior is determined by the actual Python program that it is running, which can theoretically be malicious (though I haven't encountered such a case yet). Recommendation is to determine the program that it actually runs and check that program. In most cases, you're using some program written in Python so it's required.
  Dan   (further information)
Completely harmless!
Virus scan just deleted it. But its part of Glassfish. Ooops
Its a programming language, so its danger depends entirely on what someone runs in it. Also, many programs will not work without it, and may come with it included.
A programming language, if you have programs that use Python installed then you will see high CPU usage for it. It's safe!
  Cheezey   (further information)
python is a language (as i hope you guys know) however it is not at all unheard of for a virus to hide itself as a benign application. python does not come automatically installed on a windows system. a virus could also be dependent on python (that is very unlikely as it could use py2exe) viruses will often add false dependencies into other programs to make them hard to delete. Unless you installed python or a program with a python dependency, it is dangerous. considering the fact that if it is has gotten on your computer by itself, it can certainly run itself, so you may actually consider running it and seeing if it is python, as it couldn't get worse.

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of python.exe: based on 33 votes with 24 user comments.
17 users think python.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 4 users think it's probably harmless. 6 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 5 users suspect danger. One user thinks python.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 2 users don't grade python.exe ("not sure about it").

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