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What’s usbview2.exe (USB Device Viewer 2)? Is it safe or a virus?

usbview2.exe is a command-line utility developed by Microsoft Corporation that provides detailed information about all USB devices connected to a computer.

It allows users to view the properties and capabilities of each USB device, including vendor and product IDs, power usage, driver information, and more. This tool is particularly useful for system administrators and IT professionals who need to troubleshoot USB connectivity issues, identify device conflicts, or gather information for device management purposes. By running usbview2.exe, users can gain insight into the status and configuration of USB peripherals, helping to ensure that devices are functioning properly and are compatible with the system.

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Who makes usbview2.exe (USB Device Viewer 2)?

We’ve found Microsoft Corporation should be the publisher of usbview2.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 21, 2024

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