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What’s unsecapp.exe (Sink to receive asynchronous callbacks for WMI client application)? Is it safe or a virus?

unsecapp.exe? What's this thing "cap" capturing on my PC? This process name looks super creepy... but it's actually completely safe if it's signed by Microsoft.

I've verified it's safe by confirming many of our PCs here at SpyShelter's cybersecurity lab here in Austin, Texas have this popular process. So what exactly does unsecapp.exe "Sink to receive asynchronous callbacks for WMI client application" do for your PC?

Unsecapp.exe is a system process by Microsoft Windows that is responsible for running WMI (Windows Management Instrumentation) scripts. WMI is a set of extensions to the Windows Driver Model that provides an operating system interface to allow for the management of data and operations on Windows-based operating systems.

Unsecapp.exe enables the execution of WMI scripts from applications or services and facilitates communication between the WMI infrastructure and the application or service.

As long as this .exe is signed, it's safe. If you want to double check that unsecapp.exe is signed use the Windows Task Manager, or our free SpyShelter Antispyware app that focuses on checking Windows executables for threats.

(Researched by Jon @ SpyShelter Labs)

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Who makes unsecapp.exe (Sink to receive asynchronous callbacks for WMI client application)?

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

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

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