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What’s VC_redist.x64.exe (Microsoft Visual C++ 2015-2022 Redistributable (x64) - 14.38.33130)? Is it safe or a virus?

VC_redist.x64.exe is a software package developed by Microsoft Corporation that provides essential runtime components for running applications developed with Visual C++.

These components include libraries, DLLs, and other necessary files that are required for the proper functioning of C++ applications on a 64-bit Windows operating system. The package includes support for a wide range of Visual C++ versions, ensuring compatibility with various applications.

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Who makes VC_redist.x64.exe (Microsoft Visual C++ 2015-2022 Redistributable (x64) - 14.38.33130)?

We’ve found Microsoft Corporation should be the publisher of VC_redist.x64.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 VC_redist.x64.exe safe or a virus?

Below are 4 simple steps you can take to see if the VC_redist.x64.exe process is safe or malware.

  1. Scan the executable with Microsoft's built-in tech
  2. Find VC_redist.x64.exe's publisher
  3. Search the executable's hash with VirusTotal
  4. Monitor the executable's behavior
Last updated: February 11, 2024

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