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What’s PAD.ChildSession.Service.Host.exe (Power Automate)? Is it safe or a virus?

PAD.ChildSession.Service.Host.exe is a part of the Microsoft Power Automate System. It's a background host process that helps the Microsoft Power Automate software work properly.

Microsoft Power Automate, formerly known as Microsoft Flow, is a cloud-based service that allows users to create automated workflows between their favorite apps and services to synchronize files, get notifications, collect data, and more. The primary goal of Power Automate is to increase productivity by automating repetitive tasks and processes without the need for extensive coding knowledge.

Users can create workflows that automatically perform actions such as sending emails, updating data in databases, creating tasks and notifications, and much more. Power Automate integrates with various Microsoft services like SharePoint, Office 365, and Dynamics 365, as well as with external services like Twitter, Dropbox, Google services, and more.

It offers a wide range of pre-built templates and a visual designer that helps users create their custom workflows by defining triggers, actions, and conditions. This enables both technical and non-technical users to automate complex business processes and tasks easily.

Microsoft Power Automate also has integrated AI capabilities, significantly enhancing its functionalities through the introduction of Microsoft Copilot AI. This integration aims to automate not just simple tasks but also more complex processes by utilizing advanced AI models.

Below are 4 simple steps you can take to see if the PAD.ChildSession.Service.Host.exe process is safe or malware.

  1. Scan the executable with Microsoft's built-in tech
  2. Find PAD.ChildSession.Service.Host.exe's publisher
  3. Search the executable's hash with VirusTotal
  4. Monitor the executable's behavior

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Who makes PAD.ChildSession.Service.Host.exe (Power Automate)?

We’ve found Microsoft Corporation should be the publisher of PAD.ChildSession.Service.Host.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.

Last updated: March 8, 2024

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