Is cleanmgr.exe safe or is this task spyware?



Purpose of cleanmgr.exe:









File purpose and description:

cleanmgr.exe is a software program which was most likely installed on your computer without you intervening. The hard drive folder location is also shown below for this cleanmgr.exe software file. Always verify where its located on your hard drive. It is common for malware or virus writers to put a similiar named file in other folders hoping to fool you, so its always best double check the folder location to make sure its the right program task you are viewing. This cleanmgr.exe program task is part of the Windows operating system and its the Windows disk cleanup management service. You will see this task startup and disappear often in your tasklist but it should not always be visible and running there. This program is from Microsoft and this file is considered safe, and is not considered malware, spyware, or virus related software. (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)
cleanmgr.exe

File type:
This is an executable program.

File or folder location:
C:\Windows\System32\cleanmgr.exe is where this software will be found on your computer. You will also see it in SYSWOW64 folder.


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, cleanmgr.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 cleanmgr.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!