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What’s convert.exe (File System Conversion Utility)? Is it safe or a virus?

convert.exe is a command-line utility in Microsoft Windows that is used to convert file systems on a volume to FAT32 or NTFS. It allows users to change the file system without losing data, making it useful for situations where a different file system is required.

By using the convert.exe tool, users can easily convert a volume from FAT or FAT32 to NTFS or vice versa without reformatting the entire drive. This can be especially useful for users who need to accommodate large file sizes or improve security and reliability.

(Researched by Carl @ SpyShelter Labs)

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Who makes convert.exe (File System Conversion Utility)?

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

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

  1. Scan the executable with Microsoft's built-in tech
  2. Find convert.exe's publisher
  3. Search the executable's hash with VirusTotal
  4. Monitor the executable's behavior
Last updated: February 5, 2024

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