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What’s System (NT Kernel & System)? Is it safe or a virus?

Can you even run Windows without this vital process running? It's unlikely... Our team here in Austin, Texas that specializes in studying .exe files found this crucial Windows process made by Microsoft was on EVERY PC we have. Don't kill this process if you want your PC to actually function... but what is this .exe responsible for doing?

System by Microsoft refers to an integral component of the Windows OS that provides information and configuration options regarding the computer's hardware and software.

It comprises various settings and tools that allow users to view device specifications, manage connected hardware devices, and adjust system properties. Through the System interface, one can access and modify configurations like performance settings, user profiles, system protection, and remote connection preferences. Additionally, it dishes out critical updates and security features necessary to maintain the system's stability and integrity.

Just make sure System is signed by Microsoft and you should be safe!

(Researched by Carl @ SpyShelter Labs)

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Who makes System (NT Kernel & System)?

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

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 System safe or a virus?

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

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

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