Is icq.exe safe or is this task spyware?



Purpose of icq.exe:









File purpose and description:

This program is the "ICQ" chat program, which many people like and use. This has an entire network of chats and messageboards for people to meet and chat online. This program is safe and has been popular for many years. If you don't use ICQ you can remove this, but many people have and use this program. It will also communicate with AOL instant messenger or AIM messenger and can share buddy lists with each. (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)
icq.exe

File type:
This is a popular chat program called ICQ.

File or folder location:
This file or program will be found in your ICQ 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, icq.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 icq.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!