What is Spark.exe?

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the Spark.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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Spark.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with Spark
Spark.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Spark belongs to software Spark by Jive Software ( or Baidu.

Description: Spark.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Spark.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/XP are 434,176 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 433,664 bytes, 164,352 bytes, 167,936 bytes or 1,374,912 bytes. 
There is no file information. The Spark.exe file is not a Windows core file. The program is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: Run). Spark.exe is able to monitor applications and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 34% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.
In case you experience problems using Spark.exe, you can do the following:

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as Spark.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the Spark.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

Jabber Client
This is an instant messenging client. It helps in workplace communication I give it the low rating i do due to accessibility issues for those of us who are blind. I will be contacting the developer since you have kindly told me who makes the program. This is outragous that my company wont use anything else since its jabber. I imagine spark has its own internal server threfore an accessible alternative like miranda-im would not work. so its contact software company time!
  Jennifer Palmer  

Summary: Average user rating of Spark.exe: based on 2 votes with 2 user comments. One user thinks Spark.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving Spark issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with Spark. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, executing the DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the Spark.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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