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What’s gacutil.exe (Microsoft (R) .NET Framework Global Assembly Cache Utility)? Is it safe or a virus?

Gacutil.exe is a command-line tool developed by Microsoft Corporation that is used to install and uninstall assemblies into and from the Global Assembly Cache (GAC) on a Windows computer.

The Global Assembly Cache is a machine-wide repository for sharing assemblies across applications. Using gacutil.exe, developers can easily register and unregister their assemblies in the GAC, making them accessible to all .NET applications running on the machine. This tool is especially useful for managing shared libraries and components that need to be accessed by multiple applications without copying them into each application's directory.

(Researched by Carl @ SpyShelter Labs)

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Who makes gacutil.exe (Microsoft (R) .NET Framework Global Assembly Cache Utility)?

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

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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 gacutil.exe safe or a virus?

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

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