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What’s git-lfs.exe (Git LFS)? Is it safe or a virus?

Git-lfs.exe is a command-line tool developed by GitHub, Inc. that extends Git by allowing the tracking of large files in a more efficient way.

It's specifically designed to handle large files that are not well-suited for traditional Git repositories, such as audio, video, and other binary file types. By using git-lfs.exe, developers can manage and version control these large files more effectively, as it replaces them with tiny reference pointers while storing the actual file content in a separate storage location.

(Researched by Carl @ SpyShelter Labs)

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Who makes git-lfs.exe (Git LFS)?

We’ve found GitHub, Inc. should be the publisher of git-lfs.exe.

How do we know? Our SpyShelter cybersecurity labs focuses on monitoring different types of Windows PC executables and their behaviors for our popular SpyShelter Antispyware software. Learn more about us, and how our cybersecurity team studies Windows PC executables/processes.

What does it mean if someone is the publisher of a PC .exe (executable or process)?

The publisher of an executable is the entity responsible for its distribution and authenticity. Most processes/executables on your PC should be signed. The signature on the executable should have been verified through a third party whose job it is to make sure the entity is who it says it is. Find an unsigned executable? You should consider scanning any completely unsigned .exe on your PC.

Is git-lfs.exe safe or a virus?

Below are 4 simple steps you can take to see if the git-lfs.exe process is safe or malware.

  1. Scan the executable with Microsoft's built-in tech
  2. Find git-lfs.exe's publisher
  3. Search the executable's hash with VirusTotal
  4. Monitor the executable's behavior
Last updated: February 11, 2024

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