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What’s AccessEnum.exe (AccessEnum)? Is it safe or a virus?

AccessEnum.exe is a security tool developed by Microsoft Corporation that allows users to view and analyze the permissions and access control lists (ACLs) for files, directories, and registry keys on their system.

This tool helps users to identify which users or groups have access to specific resources and can be used to audit and monitor the security settings on a Windows system. By providing a detailed overview of access rights and permissions, AccessEnum.exe helps users to ensure that their system is secure and that sensitive data is protected from unauthorized access.

(Researched by Carl @ SpyShelter Labs)

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More about AccessEnum.exe on WINDOWS

Who makes AccessEnum.exe (AccessEnum)?

We’ve found Microsoft Corporation should be the publisher of AccessEnum.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 AccessEnum.exe safe or a virus?

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

  1. Scan the executable with Microsoft's built-in tech
  2. Find AccessEnum.exe's publisher
  3. Search the executable's hash with VirusTotal
  4. Monitor the executable's behavior
Last updated: February 5, 2024

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