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What’s PowerToys.EnvironmentVariables.exe (PowerToys.EnvironmentVariables)? Is it safe or a virus?

PowerToys.EnvironmentVariables.exe is a utility developed by Microsoft Corporation that allows users to easily manage and modify environment variables on their Windows operating system.

Environment variables are key-value pairs used by the system and applications to store important configuration data. This tool provides a user-friendly interface for adding, editing, and removing environment variables, making it easier for users to customize their system settings to improve functionality and compatibility with various applications. By providing a simplified and centralized way to manage environment variables, PowerToys.EnvironmentVariables.exe streamlines the process of adjusting system settings and enables users to maintain a more efficient and customized computing environment.

Microsoft writes on their official website that "Environment Variables offers an easy and convenient way to manage environment variables. It also allows you to create profiles for managing a set of variables together. Profile variables have precedence over User and System variables. Applying the profile adds variables to User environment variables in the background. When a profile is applied, if there is an existing User variable with the same name, a backup variable is created in User variables which will be reverted to the original value on profile un-apply."

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

  1. Scan the executable with Microsoft's built-in tech
  2. Find PowerToys.EnvironmentVariables.exe's publisher
  3. Search the executable's hash with VirusTotal
  4. Monitor the executable's behavior

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Who makes PowerToys.EnvironmentVariables.exe (PowerToys.EnvironmentVariables)?

We’ve found Microsoft Corporation should be the publisher of PowerToys.EnvironmentVariables.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 11, 2024

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