Is software_reporter_tool.exe safe or is this malware?



Purpose of software_reporter_tool.exe:









software_reporter_tool.exe file purpose and description:

software_reporter_tool.exe is a file which may have been installed on your system without you even realizing it has been installed there. The actual hard drive location and folder is also shown to you below, as you should always verify where this software_reporter_tool.exe file is located on your hard drive to make sure its not malware, spyware, or virus related software. (Virus writers may often use similiar names or like names and place the software in different folders, so its always good to double check this). This software_reporter_tool.exe file gets downloaded automatically when you use Google Chrome web browser. It is part of their malicious file cleanup tool and even if you remove it, Google Chrome may just download it again. You will see this file startup in your task list occasionally, but then disappear as it should not be continuously running. This software_reporter_tool.exe file is considered safe and is not virus, spyware, or malware related software. You will also see a json file in the folder location and that will be named manifest.json (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)
software_reporter_tool.exe

File type:
This is an executable program.

Where is the file or folder located on my computer?
This program is currently located at C:\Users\Your Computer Name\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\SwReporter\28.151.200\software_reporter_tool.exe Note the the version number folder may change.


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, software_reporter_tool.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 software_reporter_tool.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!