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What’s slack.exe (Slack)? Is it safe or a virus?

Did you really have to look this executable up? Where have you been the last 10 years?

Yes, Slack.exe is safe to have on your PC as long as it's actually signed by "Slack". It's not a virus, and you can confirm this by making sure it's signed by using Windows Task Manager, or our SpyShelter Antispyware Software (by the way, we use Microsoft Teams, so take that Slack!).

So, if you're really unaware... what exactly does Slack do on your PC?

The slack.exe file is an executable file associated with the Slack messaging and collaboration platform developed by Slack Technologies, LLC.

When executed, the file launches the Slack desktop application, which allows users to communicate and collaborate with their team members in real-time. The application provides a centralized platform for team communication, file sharing, and project management. Users can create channels for different teams or projects, share files, integrate with other tools and services, and customize their notifications.

The slack.exe file plays a crucial role in enabling users to access and utilize the various features and functionalities of the Slack platform directly from their desktop.

So, if Slack.exe is running on your PC and it's officially signed by Slack, please cut it some slack and don't terminate it. You may just need Slack.exe to successfully finish up your TPS report at work.

Researched by Jon @ SpyShelter Labs

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Who makes slack.exe (Slack)?

We’ve found Slack Technologies, LLC should be the publisher of slack.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.

Last updated: February 3, 2024

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