What is wget.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 wget.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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Wget.exe file information

The process known as wget.exe belongs to software YSIGet or HijackThis by unknown.

Description: Wget.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file wget.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/XP are 233,984 bytes (20% of all occurrences), 332,800 bytes, 200,704 bytes, 76,800 bytes or 401,408 bytes. 
There is no information about the author of the file. It is not a Windows system file. The program has no visible window. The application listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. Wget.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 64% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.
If any problems with wget.exe occur, you can also completely remove YSIGet (Control Panel⇒Add/Remove programs).

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as wget.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder, for example Backdoor.Bifrose (detected by Symantec), and Backdoor.Win32.Bifrose.uw (detected by Kaspersky). Therefore, you should check the wget.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

Bei mir wurde wGet.exe damals durch einen Trojaner nach und nach heruntergeladen und hat dann selbst alle möglichen Daten ins Internet gesendet.
Depending on where it is located, it could actually be the windows version of a very safe and useful Linux program. Ask other users of the computer before deleting it especially if you are using the computer of a very computer saavy person.
  Timothy L. Gott   (further information)
GNU Wget is UNIX/Windows software for retrieving files using HTTP or FTP
  MacGruber   (further information)
It is a Windows port of a GNU program to download files automatically.
  Johan   (further information)
WGET is the name of a freeware computer utility that downloads files from the command prompt.

Summary: Average user rating of wget.exe: based on 5 votes with 5 user comments. One user thinks wget.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger.

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Best practices for resolving wget issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with wget. 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 wget.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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