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What’s regsvr32.exe (Microsoft(C) Register Server)? Is it safe or a virus?

Regsvr32.exe, which stands for Microsoft(C) Register Server is a command-line utility in Microsoft Windows that is used to register and unregister ActiveX controls and Dynamic Link Libraries (DLLs) in the Windows Registry.

When a DLL or ActiveX control is registered, it allows applications that require them to locate and use them. It is commonly used for installation and troubleshooting of software applications that utilize these types of files. Regsvr32.exe is typically used by system administrators and software developers to manage the registration and unregistration of DLLs and ActiveX controls in the Windows OS.

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Who makes regsvr32.exe (Microsoft(C) Register Server)?

We’ve found Microsoft Windows should be the publisher of regsvr32.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 regsvr32.exe safe or a virus?

Below are 4 simple steps you can take to see if the regsvr32.exe process is safe or malware.

  1. Scan the executable with Microsoft's built-in tech
  2. Find regsvr32.exe's publisher
  3. Search the executable's hash with VirusTotal
  4. Monitor the executable's behavior
Last updated: February 11, 2024

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