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What’s appcmd.exe (Application Server Command Line Admin Tool)? Is it safe or a virus?

Appcmd.exe is a command-line tool provided by Microsoft Corporation that allows administrators to manage various aspects of Internet Information Services (IIS) from the command line. It offers a wide range of functionalities such as creating and configuring websites, setting up application pools, managing virtual directories, and more.

This tool is particularly useful for automating different IIS-related tasks and performing batch operations. It provides a more efficient way to manage and configure IIS settings without requiring a graphical user interface, making it a valuable tool for system administrators and developers working with IIS.

(Researched by Carl @ SpyShelter Labs)

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Who makes appcmd.exe (Application Server Command Line Admin Tool)?

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

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

  1. Scan the executable with Microsoft's built-in tech
  2. Find appcmd.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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