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What’s vs_setup_bootstrapper.exe (Visual Studio Installer)? Is it safe or a virus?

vs_setup_bootstrapper.exe is used for the installation and updating of Microsoft Visual Studio.

The bootstrapper is responsible for checking system requirements, downloading necessary files, and launching the setup process for Visual Studio.

Visual Studio is an integrated development environment (IDE) made by Microsoft. It's used for developing software applications, websites, web apps, web services.

(Researched by Carl @ SpyShelter Labs)


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Who makes vs_setup_bootstrapper.exe (Visual Studio Installer)?

We’ve found Microsoft Corporation should be the publisher of vs_setup_bootstrapper.exe.

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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 vs_setup_bootstrapper.exe safe or a virus?

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

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