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What is stub.exe?

Stub.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 stub.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.

Stub.exe file information

The process known as Conduit or Client Installer or Setup Stub belongs to software AVG Download Manager or Install ToolBox SDK or 180solutions Client Installer by Conduit (www.conduit.com) or AVG Technologies CZ, s.r.o (www.freeavg.com) or 180solutions (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zango_(company)) or Symantec (www.symantec.com) or AVG Technologies (www.freeavg.com).

Description: Stub.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. stub.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Documents and Settings". Known file sizes on Windows 7/XP are 459,264 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 1,021,208 bytes, 959,768 bytes, 534,120 bytes or 144,384 bytes. http://www.file.net/process/stub.exe.html 
Stub.exe is not a Windows core file. The file is a file without information about the developer of this file. Stub.exe is a Verisign signed file. The file is certified by a trustworthy company. The application listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. Stub.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 29% dangerous, however also read the users reviews.

Recommended: Identify stub.exe related errors

If stub.exe is located in a subfolder of Windows Temp folder, the security rating is 32% dangerous. The file size is 81,736 bytes (57% of all occurrences), 88,880 bytes or 88,768 bytes. It is a file without information about the developer of this file. The program is not visible. The file is a Verisign signed file. The file has a digital signature. The file is not a Windows system file. Stub.exe is able to monitor applications and record inputs.
The software publisher Conduit provides an uninstall program (Control Panel->Software->Conduit Ltd.).

If stub.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows, the security rating is 30% dangerous. The file size is 71,864 bytes. The program is not visible. It is a Verisign signed file. The file is digitally signed. The software starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run). It is not a Windows system file.

If stub.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 32% dangerous. The file size is 82,104 bytes.

External information from Paul Collins:

  • "media_stub" definitely not required. Mini-Player,  IMESH related foistware, see here

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

Only appears in my process list when installing or downloading files for AVG upon ending this process avg_avwt_stb_all_8_22.exe will also be exited and stop a download necessary to install AVG anti virus
  Mark Simpson  
installer for Paperport for scanners. Install shield software corporation
I have no idea how I got this but it sems to keep me from opening my internet browser and it also slows down my online downloads(Torrent)
AVG Download Manager
It has came up while installing AVG, Once termianted so was the installation.
I have many stub.exe files, 000stub.ee,hpzstub.exe ,etc
  Bill Mc  
Stub.exe is part of the new AVG anti-virus interface (among other legitimate programs)...
Seems to be related to AVG's installer/downloader as well
stub.exe is a management file of avg anti virus
  Big Luigi   (further information)
stub.exe runs while installing AVG anivirus
  Bob Clark  
AVG uses it, as does few other programs
Seems to be connected to a vicious Trojan Horse
  Reeve Tuesti  
AVG installer. Closes when the installer for AVG Closes
was quite probably installed while updating DivX Player; Stub.exe was in a sub-folder of DivX Player e.g. C:\ProgramData\DivX\Symantec\SymInstallStub.exe and installed "PC Tools .."
It is in the ApplicastionData/Real/Upgrade/, cannot delete.
wanted to connect to internet without asking

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of stub.exe: based on 14 votes with 16 user comments.
3 users think stub.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 5 users think it's probably harmless. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 3 users suspect danger. One user thinks stub.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 2 users don't grade stub.exe ("not sure about it").

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