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What’s PBIDesktop.exe (Microsoft Power BI Desktop)? Is it safe or a virus?

PBIDesktop.exe is a process associated with Microsoft Power BI Desktop, a business intelligence tool used for data analysis and visualization.

It allows users to connect to various data sources, create interactive reports and dashboards, and share insights with others. The PBIDesktop.exe process runs in the background while the Power BI Desktop application is open, handling various tasks such as data processing, querying, and rendering visualizations.

(Researched by Carl @ SpyShelter Labs)

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Who makes PBIDesktop.exe (Microsoft Power BI Desktop)?

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

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

  1. Scan the executable with Microsoft's built-in tech
  2. Find PBIDesktop.exe's publisher
  3. Search the executable's hash with VirusTotal
  4. Monitor the executable's behavior
Last updated: February 7, 2024

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