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What’s rg.exe? Is it safe or a virus?

rg.exe which stands for Ripgrep is a command line utility developed by Microsoft for searching text within files. It allows users to search for specific words or phrases within multiple files and directories, making it a useful tool for developers and system administrators.

The utility provides advanced search features such as regular expression support, string matching, and search result formatting. It can also be used to filter search results and display specific file types.

Overall, rg.exe is a powerful and flexible tool for quickly and efficiently searching for text within a wide range of files and directories.

At our SpyShelter cybersecurity lab here in Austin, Texas, we didn't find rg.exe running on any of our PCs, unless it was manually launched by the user. Ripgrep doesn't seem to be a Windows service, or other type of process that runs normally without the user starting it. However, as long as the rg.exe file is signed by Microsoft it's probably safe. If you didn't launch rg.exe on your PC it might be a good idea to do a full Windows Security scan, or check it out with our SpyShelter Antispyware app just to be safe.

(Researched by Carl @ SpyShelter Labs)

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Who makes rg.exe?

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

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

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