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What’s SQLEXPRADV_x64_ENU.exe (Microsoft SQL Server 2022 Express Advanced)? Is it safe or a virus?

SQLEXPRADV_x64_ENU.exe is an executable file developed by Microsoft Corporation. It is a Microsoft SQL Server Express edition, which is a free, feature-rich database software designed for smaller-scale applications.

This specific file is the advanced version for 64-bit operating systems and is used to install the SQL Server Express edition on a Windows platform. It includes additional features and tools compared to the standard edition, making it suitable for more complex database management needs.

By running this executable file, users can set up and configure the SQL Server Express edition with advanced capabilities, enabling them to efficiently manage and administer their databases.

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Who makes SQLEXPRADV_x64_ENU.exe (Microsoft SQL Server 2022 Express Advanced)?

We’ve found Microsoft Corporation should be the publisher of SQLEXPRADV_x64_ENU.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 7, 2024

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