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What’s esentutl.exe (Extensible Storage Engine Utilities for Microsoft(R) Windows(R))? Is it safe or a virus?

esentutl.exe is a command-line tool provided by Microsoft Windows that is used to manage Extensible Storage Engine (ESE) databases. This tool allows users to perform various tasks related to ESE databases, such as checking their integrity, repairing damaged or corrupted databases, and performing various maintenance operations.

It provides several options and parameters that can be used to specify the actions to be performed on the database files.

(Researched by Carl @ SpyShelter Labs)

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Who makes esentutl.exe (Extensible Storage Engine Utilities for Microsoft(R) Windows(R))?

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

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

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