Is formatsys.exe safe or is this task spyware?



Purpose of formatsys.exe:









File purpose and description:

Formatsys.exe is a file which most likely found its way onto your system without your even knowing it. The correct file location is also listed below, and should always be verified to make sure you are looking at the same file and folder. This file is a known virus or worm, and its called the Worm.Fatso-A.Process worm. This copies itself over the network on to your computer, so it most likely arrived without your knowledge. This virus or worm should be removed immediately. Be aware also that most likely there are multiple options for it to startup in your computer startup. (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)
formatsys.exe

File type:
This is an executable file.

File or folder location:
You can find this file on your drive in folder C:\WINDOWS\system32\formatsys.exe


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, formatsys.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 formatsys.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!