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What’s HOSTNAME.EXE (Hostname APP)? Is it safe or a virus?

HOSTNAME.EXE is a command-line utility in Microsoft Windows that is used to display the hostname of the computer. The hostname is the unique name that identifies a computer on a network.

When the HOSTNAME.EXE command is executed in the command prompt, it returns the hostname of the local computer, which can be useful for troubleshooting network connectivity issues or for identifying the computer within a network environment. This information can be helpful for system administrators and network users to verify the identity of a computer and ensure proper communication within a network.

(Researched by Carl @ SpyShelter Labs)

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Who makes HOSTNAME.EXE (Hostname APP)?

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

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

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