Is buddy.exe safe or is this malware?

Purpose of buddy.exe:

buddy.exe file purpose and description:

This is a program where the purpose is to display ads to you, this is known as adware. If this is running on your system, chances are good that you are seeing pop-up windows displaying, or various pop-up related ads that you cannot stop. (See the details below for the actual location of this file.)

Actual file or task name: (Note that you can view the entire list here)

File type:
Executable Windows program that display pop-up ads.

Where is the file or folder located on my computer?
Many programs can change their location (especially adware, spyware, malware) as they try to hide their location from you. It is best to do a Windows search and look for the buddy.exe file name on your pc to be sure of the buddy.exe file location. It is best to become familiar with what runs on your system and how programs startup, you may want to run a program like Spy Guardian Pro which will identify everything running when you reboot (you can find this download on google, dogpile, yahoo or any other search engine).

General information:
Be aware that many tasks will be similiar names to existing tasks or processes. You can always view the running tasks on your computer by pressing ctrl-alt-del to view the windows "task manager", and then view the "processes" tab. This will show you all tasks running or currently active on your PC. Although this shows you all running tasks, it does not show dll file thats are loaded, as they get loaded as part of other processes. Many spyware writers attempt to hide their files on your computer, for example, buddy.exe may be intentionally misspelled to look like a similiar task, or spyware may be named very similiar to a Windows system task. The reason they do this is so you cannot easily recognize the name in your tasklist as I have mentioned above. Make sure always check the location of the file if you are concerned. You can always find the location of buddy.exe on your computer by using your Windows search options, but I will also try to list the file location of every file described on this website, so you can verify the correct location. You can view the entire tasklist directory with the link below.

Jump to the entire processes list here!