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What’s Mystify.scr (Mystify Screen Saver)? Is it safe or a virus?

Mystify.scr is a screensaver program developed by Microsoft Windows. When activated, it creates animated, swirling patterns on the screen, providing a visually appealing and calming display for computer users during periods of inactivity.

The program is designed to engage and entertain users by transforming the screen into a dynamic and captivating visual experience. This screensaver is a typical feature found in many versions of the Windows operating system and is commonly used to prevent screen burn-in on cathode ray tube (CRT) monitors while also adding an element of aesthetic appeal to the computer desktop.

(Researched by Carl @ SpyShelter Labs)

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Who makes Mystify.scr (Mystify Screen Saver)?

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

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 Mystify.scr safe or a virus?

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

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