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PATHPING.EXE is a utility tool provided by Microsoft Windows that combines the functionality of the Path and Ping commands. It is used to trace the route a packet takes to reach a destination and measure the round-trip time for each hop along the path.
This tool is particularly useful for diagnosing network connectivity issues, as it provides detailed information about each hop in the path, including packet loss and connection latency. PATHPING.EXE can be used to identify network bottlenecks, troubleshoot routing problems, and determine the source of network connectivity issues.
(Researched by Carl @ SpyShelter Labs)
We’ve found Microsoft Windows should be the publisher of PATHPING.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.
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.
Below are 4 simple steps you can take to see if the PATHPING.EXE process is safe or malware.
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