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What’s PowerToys.Hosts.exe (PowerToys.Hosts)? Is it safe or a virus?

PowerToys.Hosts.exe is a process developed by Microsoft Corporation and is part of the PowerToys software suite. It is designed to help users manage their Windows hosts file, which is used to map hostnames to IP addresses.

This tool allows users to easily edit and manage this file, which can be useful for tasks such as blocking certain websites or redirecting traffic. By using PowerToys.Hosts.exe, users can make changes to their hosts file without needing to directly edit the file itself, providing a more user-friendly and streamlined approach to managing this aspect of the Windows operating system.

(Researched by Carl @ SpyShelter Labs)

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Who makes PowerToys.Hosts.exe (PowerToys.Hosts)?

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

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

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