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What’s CheckHyperVHost.exe (HyperV host check for Visual Studio Installer)? Is it safe or a virus?

CheckHyperVHost.exe is a tool developed by Microsoft Corporation to check if a host operating system is capable of running Hyper-V, a virtualization platform.

The tool performs a series of system checks to ensure that the host meets the minimum requirements for running Hyper-V, such as hardware virtualization support, memory and processor requirements, and Windows edition compatibility. This allows users to validate and prepare their systems before installing the Hyper-V role, ensuring a successful deployment. CheckHyperVHost.exe helps to streamline the installation process and minimize potential issues by identifying any compatibility issues upfront.

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Who makes CheckHyperVHost.exe (HyperV host check for Visual Studio Installer)?

We’ve found Microsoft Corporation should be the publisher of CheckHyperVHost.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: March 14, 2024

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