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What’s openfiles.exe (Displays the current open files list)? Is it safe or a virus?

Openfiles.exe is a command-line tool provided by Microsoft Windows that allows users to view and manage open files and folders on a local or remote computer.

It provides information about the user and process that has the file open, as well as the file's share mode, file ID, and number of locks. This tool can be useful for troubleshooting file access issues, identifying which processes are using a particular file, and closing open file handles.

It can also be used to disconnect users from open files, close open files, or set the number of file opens per session.

(Researched by Carl @ SpyShelter Labs)

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Who makes openfiles.exe (Displays the current open files list)?

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

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

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