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What’s InstallUtil.exe (.NET Framework installation utility)? Is it safe or a virus?

InstallUtil.exe is a command-line utility provided by Microsoft Windows as part of the .NET Framework.

It's used to install and uninstall server resources such as services, event logs, and message queues. This tool is commonly used by developers and system administrators to deploy and manage .NET applications and services. InstallUtil.exe allows for the installation and configuration of components within the .NET Framework, providing a convenient way to manage and maintain server resources. It is a powerful tool that simplifies the process of deploying and managing .NET applications, making it an essential utility for developers and system administrators working with the .NET Framework.

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Who makes InstallUtil.exe (.NET Framework installation utility)?

We’ve found Microsoft Windows should be the publisher of InstallUtil.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: April 11, 2024

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