Is rundll32.exe safe or is this task spyware?



Purpose of rundll32.exe:









File purpose and description:

Rundll32.exe is a program which would have been on your pc since the day you purchased your pc. Always verify the exact disk location as many virus and spyware writers will attempt to fool you by using a similiar name or same name in a different location. This file is part of the Microsoft Windows operating system. Rundll32.exe will actually execute functions in DLLs. If you are deleting files on your computer as a spyware removal protection method, then note that this is a required system file. Note that rundll32.exe can also be running many different other DLL or EXE programs, so you may want to check the programs listed after it in your startup list also, as these may be executed by it. Rundll32.exe is considered safe and is not spyware, adware, or virus related and does not need to be removed. (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)
rundll32.exe

File type:
This is an executable program

File or folder location:
This will be found in your windows\system32 folder. You will see it starting up programs like: RUNDLL32.EXE C:\WINNT\System32\NvCpl.dll,NvStartup


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, rundll32.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 rundll32.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!