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What’s pnputil.exe (Microsoft PnP Utility - Tool to add, delete, export, and enumerate driver packages.)? Is it safe or a virus?

Pnputil.exe is a command-line tool in Microsoft Windows used for managing the driver packages in the Driver Store.

This tool allows users to add, delete, export, and list the driver packages stored in the Driver Store. It provides a way to update and manage device drivers on a Windows system, and can be particularly useful for system administrators and advanced users who need to manage drivers in a command-line environment.

(Researched by Carl @ SpyShelter Labs)

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Who makes pnputil.exe (Microsoft PnP Utility - Tool to add, delete, export, and enumerate driver packages.)?

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

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

  1. Scan the executable with Microsoft's built-in tech
  2. Find pnputil.exe's publisher
  3. Search the executable's hash with VirusTotal
  4. Monitor the executable's behavior
Last updated: February 12, 2024

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