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What’s cpptools.exe (C/C++ Extension for Visual Studio Code)? Is it safe or a virus?

The cpptools.exe is a file associated with Microsoft's C++ development environment and tools.

It is part of the Visual C++ Redistributable Package, a set of dynamic link libraries (DLLs) that are required to run programs developed in the Visual C++ programming language. The cpptools.exe file is responsible for managing and configuring the C++ development environment, providing tools for coding, debugging, and building C++ applications.

(Researched by Carl @ SpyShelter Labs)

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Who makes cpptools.exe (C/C++ Extension for Visual Studio Code)?

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

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

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