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What’s fontdrvhost.exe (Usermode Font Driver Host)? Is it safe or a virus?

Do you use your PC to read or write anything? Well, reading and writing requires fonts, and Microsoft made fontdrvhost.exe to make fonts work properly on your PC.

At our cybersecurity labs here in Austin, Texas, we found that all of our team's PCs, and even our virtual machines have fontdrvhost.exe (Usermode Font Driver Host).

This process is responsible for managing and rendering fonts on the Windows system. It allows Windows to display different fonts in various applications and ensures that the fonts are accurately rendered.

Fontdrvhost.exe plays a crucial role in controlling and managing the fonts available on the system, including installing, updating, and deleting fonts as needed.

(Researched by Jon @ SpyShelter Labs)


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Who makes fontdrvhost.exe (Usermode Font Driver Host)?

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

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

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

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