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What’s pwahelper.exe (PwaHelper executable for Identity Proxy)? Is it safe or a virus?

Pwahelper.exe is a process associated with Microsoft's Progressive Web App (PWA) Helper. This program assists in the installation and management of Progressive Web Apps on Windows 10.

PWAs are web applications that provide a native app-like experience within a web browser, allowing users to access them offline and receive push notifications. Pwahelper.exe helps to streamline the process of creating shortcuts and integrating PWAs with Windows.

(Researched by Carl @ SpyShelter Labs)

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Who makes pwahelper.exe (PwaHelper executable for Identity Proxy)?

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

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

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