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What’s PkgMgr.exe (Windows Package Manager)? Is it safe or a virus?

PkgMgr.exe is a command-line tool provided by Microsoft Windows that allows users to manage and manipulate Windows packages, such as components, features, and drivers.

It can be used to add, remove, or update packages, as well as enable or disable specific features. PkgMgr.exe is primarily used for system administration and can be accessed through the command prompt, providing a convenient way to perform package-related tasks without using the graphical user interface. It is commonly used for deploying and configuring Windows features, making it a useful tool for IT professionals and system administrators.

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Who makes PkgMgr.exe (Windows Package Manager)?

We’ve found Microsoft Windows should be the publisher of PkgMgr.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 7, 2024

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