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What’s Cloudflare WARP.exe (Cloudflare WARP)? Is it safe or a virus?

Cloudflare describes Warp (CloudflareWARP.exe) as "a WireGuard tunnel through a Cloudflare data center..." and also writes that "traffic to sites behind Cloudflare became even faster and a user’s experience with the rest of the Internet became more secure and private".

The security and privacy aspect is due to Cloudflare's private DNS service. They encrypt your DNS lookups by using a VPN protocol called "Wireguard". So, if you type in Microsoft.com in your browser, this DNS lookup is probably still visible to your ISP, but can stop attackers from changing or poisoning the responses to your DNS requests. Cloudflare also claims that they speed up your DNS lookups, making your Internet connection faster.

Please note though that Cloudflare Warp is not a VPN, so it does not always hide your IP address or change your IP to another country like a "classic" style of VPN does. Cloudflare writes on their website that "WARP does not provide anonymity and is not designed to prevent servers you communicate with from identifying you".

As long as "Cloudflare WARP.exe" is officially signed by Cloudflare, Inc., then it should be safe to have running on your PC.

Researched by Jon @ SpyShelter Labs

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Who makes Cloudflare WARP.exe (Cloudflare WARP)?

We’ve found Cloudflare, Inc. should be the publisher of Cloudflare WARP.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 1, 2024

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