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What’s Bginfo.exe (BGInfo - Wallpaper text configurator)? Is it safe or a virus?

Bginfo.exe is a utility program developed by Microsoft Corporation that is used to display system information on the desktop background of a computer. It provides details such as the computer name, IP address, operating system version, CPU information, and other system metrics. This information can be customized and configured to display only the relevant details the user wants to see. Bginfo.exe is often used by system administrators and support staff to easily gather and view important system information without having to navigate through various menus and settings.

Have you ever found yourself in front of a computer at your workplace, navigating through several diagnostic screens to recall key configuration details like the system's name, IP address, or the version of its operating system? For those who oversee multiple computers, BGInfo might be a game-changer. This tool conveniently places critical information about a Windows computer directly on the desktop background, including details such as the computer's name, IP address, and service pack version. You have the flexibility to modify any information field, as well as adjust the font and background colors to your preference. By adding it to your startup folder, BGInfo can automatically launch with every system boot, or you can even set it to serve as the logon screen's background, ensuring you always have essential system information at a glance.

I researched this exe created by Microsoft and found it has a dedicated page on Microsoft.com.

Researched by Carl @ SpyShelter Labs

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Who makes Bginfo.exe (BGInfo - Wallpaper text configurator)?

We’ve found Microsoft Corporation should be the publisher of Bginfo.exe.

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Last updated: March 13, 2024

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