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What’s LicensingUI.exe (Licensing UI)? Is it safe or a virus?

LicensingUI.exe is a legitimate executable file by Microsoft Windows that is responsible for displaying the user interface for the Windows licensing and activation process.

When a user needs to activate or manage their Windows license, this program is launched to provide the necessary interface and options for the user to complete the necessary actions. It's an important component for ensuring that Windows operating systems are properly licensed and activated, and it helps users navigate through the licensing process smoothly.

It's important to note that some malware may disguise themselves as LicensingUI.exe, so it is crucial to ensure that the file is located in the proper system directory and is digitally signed by Microsoft.

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Who makes LicensingUI.exe (Licensing UI)?

We’ve found Microsoft Windows should be the publisher of LicensingUI.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.

Last updated: March 6, 2024

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