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What’s Ribbons.scr (Ribbons Screen Saver)? Is it safe or a virus?

Ribbons.scr is a screensaver file that was included in some versions of Microsoft Windows. When activated, it displays a moving pattern of colorful ribbons on the screen.

The purpose of a screensaver is to prevent screen burn-in on older CRT monitors and to add a visually appealing element to the screen when the computer is idle. While the Ribbons screensaver does not have any functional use, it is designed to provide a visually pleasing display for users when their computer is not in use. It can be activated and configured through the Windows settings menu.

(Researched by Carl @ SpyShelter Labs)

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Who makes Ribbons.scr (Ribbons Screen Saver)?

We’ve found Microsoft Windows should be the publisher of Ribbons.scr.

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 Ribbons.scr safe or a virus?

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

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