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What’s driverquery.exe (Queries the drivers on a system)? Is it safe or a virus?

Driverquery.exe is a command-line utility in Windows that displays a list of all installed device drivers and their properties. When executed, it outputs information such as driver name, type, version, provider, date, and device details.

This can be useful for troubleshooting driver-related issues, checking for driver updates, or obtaining information about the drivers installed on a system. It provides a quick and easy way to view details about the drivers without having to navigate through the device manager or control panel. Additionally, it can be used in scripts or batch files to automate the retrieval of driver information.

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Who makes driverquery.exe (Queries the drivers on a system)?

We’ve found Microsoft Windows should be the publisher of driverquery.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 5, 2024

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