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What’s WindowsCopilot.exe? Is it safe or a virus?

Based on the description from Microsoft.com, "windowscopilot.exe" is a feature that represents a significant integration of AI assistance into the Windows operating system. This integration positions Windows as the first PC platform to offer centralized AI support directly within its ecosystem.

The core function of Copilot in Windows, which evolves from what was formerly known as Bing Chat, extends to providing users with answers and inspirations from across the internet. This tool is designed to bolster creativity and facilitate collaboration among users. Additionally, it aims to enhance productivity by helping users maintain focus on their current tasks. Essentially, Copilot in Windows is crafted to augment the user experience by enabling them to accomplish more through the aid of AI-driven features.

You may be wondering, how can you disable Windows Copilot if you don't want it? If you're not a fan of AI on your PC, it's possible to disable Microsoft's Windows Copilot. First go to Settings/Personalization in Windows, then click "Taskbar" then switch Copilot to "Off".

Next you'll probably want to disable Windows Copilot completely. Begin by clicking on the Start menu and entering "gpedit" into the search bar. Once you find it, open the Group Policy Editor. Within the editor, proceed by navigating through the menu to User Configuration, then Administrative Templates, followed by Windows Components, and finally to Windows Copilot.

Once you're in the Windows Copilot section, locate the policy titled "Turn off Windows Copilot" in the right-hand panel and double-click on it. In the window that opens, you will select the "Enabled" option. Though it might seem odd to click "Enabled" when your aim is to disable Copilot, this action is actually enabling the policy that turns off Copilot. After selecting "Enabled," be sure to apply the changes by clicking "Apply" and then confirm by clicking "OK." With these steps, Windows Copilot will be disabled.

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Who makes WindowsCopilot.exe?

We’ve found Microsoft Windows should be the publisher of WindowsCopilot.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.

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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 10, 2024

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