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BackgroundTransferHost.exe is a process associated with Microsoft Windows and is responsible for handling background file transfers in the OS.
This process allows the system to manage the transfer of files in the background without requiring direct user interaction. This is particularly useful for tasks such as downloading files while the user is working on other activities.
(Researched by Carl @ SpyShelter Labs)
We’ve found Microsoft Windows should be the publisher of BackgroundTransferHost.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.
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.
Below are 4 simple steps you can take to see if the BackgroundTransferHost.exe process is safe or malware.
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