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What’s OpenConsole.exe? Is it safe or a virus?

If you're running a console app on your Windows PC, then OpenConsole.exe will most likely be running. It's a safe process to have running on your PC, as long as it's signed by Microsoft, and as long as you're aware of what console application it's associated with.

If you're unsure of what app is running in relation to OpenConsole.exe, consider running a free Windows Security (formerly called Windows Defender) scan. Or, use our free SpyShelter Antispyware software to check your PC for any unusual issues. So, what exactly does OpenConsole.exe do?

OpenConsole.exe serves as a command-line interface for managing and running console applications in Windows. This program provides a way to open and work with the Windows Command Prompt, PowerShell, and other command-line utilities. It allows users to interact with the system, execute commands, and access various tools and resources through a text-based interface.

OpenConsole.exe enables you to perform administrative tasks, run scripts, and automate processes in a command-line environment, providing a cool and efficient way for you to manage and control the Windows OS.

(Researched by Jon @ SpyShelter Labs)

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Who makes OpenConsole.exe?

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

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

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

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