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What’s Telegram.exe (Telegram Desktop)? Is it safe or a virus?

So... you call yourself a hacker, and you've never heard of Telegram.exe? Yes, Telegram.exe (Telegram Desktop) that you found running on your Windows PC is probably safe, as long as it's signed by Telegram FZ-LLC.

But, to be honest, I would also be kind of suspicious if Telegram was on my PC and I didn't put it there. Maybe you installed it and forgot? Well anyway, what exactly is Telegram.exe and what does it do for you?

Telegram.exe is the executable file for the Telegram messaging application developed by Telegram FZ-LLC. It is a desktop application that enables users to send messages, photos, videos, and files, as well as create group chats and channels.

The program allows for encrypted communication, providing a secure platform for users to connect with one another. With Telegram.exe, users can also make voice and video calls, and access their messages across multiple devices.

Overall, Telegram.exe is a well known popular chat app that wouldn't be unusual to find on any PC, as long as you installed it yourself (or maybe it came bundled with your PC).

(Researched by Carl @ SpyShelter Labs)

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Who makes Telegram.exe (Telegram Desktop)?

We’ve found Telegram FZ-LLC should be the publisher of Telegram.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 Telegram.exe safe or a virus?

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

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