What is Cleanup.exe?
A common misconception is that cleanup.exe is always a Windows install program, and it should therefore always be trusted. However, that is not the case whatsoever. It is imperative to remember that if you have consistently seen the file on your computer and know where to look for it, then chances are good that you should be safe for the most part. There are statistics which show when the cleanup.exe file has been corrupted, and what those percentages are.
The cleanup.exe file is a short program that allows you to delete cookies, spyware, and anything else that may compromise your privacy. It is important to do those things from time to time anyways, so Windows thought it would be quite convenient to install a quicker, more consistent way to do that. The problem stems from the fact that it often takes a great deal of time to execute. Therefore, more “savvy” computer users delete this file or disable it.
Deleting or removing cleanup.exe
When the cleanup.exe file is disabled or deleted, the program obviously can’t detect malware, or spyware, and cookies get cached immediately on your hard drive. As a result, the cleanup.exe is needed. However, if the program has been deleted, you would have to find it online. This causes a major issue, because reinstalling the cleanup.exe privacy command means you are seeking out a potentially hazardous source, no matter where you find it. Windows does not make cleanup.exe readily available for download, so it is difficult to be certain the file being downloaded is safe and secure.
Fix or repair cleanup.exe errors
Steps do exist to help determine whether or not your file is corrupt. First, you need to establish the location of your cleanup.exe file. Check your system directory folders. Chances are your cleanup.exe is stored in your Windows/Systems32 directory. If it is, you may have the correct copy, but there truly is no guarantee. If you find the command stored in your c:/programs folder there is a 12% chance it is dangerous. If you find it residing in your general C:/ folder, that number jumps to 36%.
Due to the potential risk of file corruption based on file location, it is important to understand the exact location of the file. Unfortunately, where the file resides is only part of the problem, because the location doesn’t always tell us the true nature of the program. For instance, many cases actually have been discovered that the cleanup.exe file which was located in the systems32 folder were Trojan horse viruses. Knowing this, you should frequently scan your system, and avoid downloading programs from untrusted sources.
It is important to remember these steps, because cleanup.exe is an automatic program upon booting, which means Windows gives it the authority to be open all the time. Many of your most important files share these traits, which means you could be unknowingly exposing your personal information. The best thing to do is never delete the file, no matter how slow you think it may be making your computer.