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What’s quser.exe (Query User Utility)? Is it safe or a virus?

Quser.exe is a command line tool provided by Microsoft Windows for managing user sessions on a local or remote computer.

It allows administrators to view information about active user sessions, including the username, session ID, state, and idle time. Additionally, quser.exe can be used to disconnect or log off specific user sessions, providing administrators with the ability to manage user access to a system.

This tool is useful for system administrators who need to monitor and control user sessions on Windows-based systems, especially in a networked environment where multiple users may be connected simultaneously.

(Researched by Carl @ SpyShelter Labs)

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Who makes quser.exe (Query User Utility)?

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

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

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