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What’s nearby_share.exe (Nearby Share)? Is it safe or a virus?

Nearby Share by Google LLC is a file-sharing application that allows users to quickly and securely share files, links, and photos with nearby devices.

It uses a combination of Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and location data to identify nearby devices that also have Nearby Share enabled. The app provides a simple and convenient way to share content without the need for an internet connection, making it ideal for users who are in close proximity to each other.

(Researched by Carl @ SpyShelter Labs)

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Who makes nearby_share.exe (Nearby Share)?

We’ve found Google LLC should be the publisher of nearby_share.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 nearby_share.exe safe or a virus?

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

  1. Scan the executable with Microsoft's built-in tech
  2. Find nearby_share.exe's publisher
  3. Search the executable's hash with VirusTotal
  4. Monitor the executable's behavior
Last updated: February 7, 2024

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