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How to Tell if Everything.exe is "Safe" or Not - MiniTool Solutions

According to some analysis, everything.exe may be a dangerous program. This program can trigger too many of the "possible danger" criteria detailed bellow. I recommend you to be careful with this application. But that doesn't necessary mean it is do a virus. In this post, I will introduce how to determine if everything.exe is a virus or a legit program that doesn't cause harm the PC.

What is Everything.exe

In this part, I will introduce some basic information about Everything.exe. To start with, you can learn what Everything.exe is.

The genuine Everything.exe file is a part of the Search Everything utility program, which is created by David Carpenter. Everything.exe runs the applications of Everything.

It is not a required application and you can disable or remove if you don’t need it.

The Everything utility program is a free and open-source desktop search utility for Windows that allows modification and commercial redistribution, which was developed by David Carpenter and first released in 2009.

The .exe extension on the file name implies an executable file. In some cases, executable files can harm your computer. Therefore, you need to determine whether the Everything.exe on your computer is a Trojan or a trusted application.

Everything.exe works by the installing files and folders’ index name in the NTFS file system. The usage of Everything.exe is to find the file quickly based on the type of information. It occupies very little memory since it always uses NTFS File System Journal indexes and currently, it’s almost the fastest local search tool available.

Over the years, with the release of the new Windows version, the variety of tools has gradually disappeared. However, with the release of Windows 10, it has recently regained most of its popularity. This is mainly because some people are not satisfied with Windows 10 trying to mix local search information with web results.


However, there are some negative effects of Everything.exe on your computer:

  1. 1. Repeated reboot, system crash and blue screen appear.
  2. 2. Some files will be opened automatically without your permission, and some files will not be opened at all.
  3. 3. You will not be able to open some important folders and some files will be automatically deleted from your computer.
  4. 4. You will receive many redirect links repeatedly
  5. 5. The work of theWindows Firewallor Windows Security Center will be affected by Everything.exe.
  6. 6. The computer becomes very slow due to the long response time.
  7. 7. Everything.exe malware can stop the Windows update process.

Potential Security Risks of Everything.exe

Some people have reported that Everything.exe is using too many resources. But this is not necessarily a problem. When the file index must be updated (after creating or deleting a new file), the Everything.exe process typically consumes 15-20% of CPU. However, this situation should only happen briefly and should not happen often.

The one security risk is that in order to fully access a large number of files and processes, the Everything.exe requires administrator privileges on the Windows machine. Oddly, even if the logged-in account does not have admin rights, the local search tool is reported to show the same result.

Another security risk is that Everything.exe uses its administrator access to run itself, instead of the regular user access when you open a folder from the search results displayed in the search results. Security experts see this special case as a potential security hole and the hole have been exploited by some malicious programs.

The everything.exe process becoming an important target for many cybercriminals that are accustomed to writing malicious programs due to these potential holes. Security researchers have discovered multiple variants of the W32.Sality virus by masquerading as an Everything executable so as to get administrative privileges.

To Determine if Everything.exe is a Virus or Not

The first thing you should do when trying to determine if a virus is parading as the Everything executable is to remember if you installed the program intentionally. If you didn’t, there’s a good chance that you’re dealing with a virus infection.

If you’re not sure whether you installed it yourself or the mysterious process appeared by itself, you can receive an additional hint by viewing its location. To do this, open Task Manager (Ctrl + Shift + Esc), right-click on Everything.exe and choose Open File Location. If the location is different than C:\ Program Files \ Everything \ orC:/ Users / *YourUsername* / AppData / Local /Everything, you can probably assume that you’re facing a virus infection.

To Remove Everything.exe

If you have previously determined that the everything.exe executable is in one of the above locations, you don't have to delete it because it is probably not a virus. However, if you are concerned that Everything.exe may make your system vulnerable to attack, you can uninstall it.

Step 1: Press the Windows key + R key at the same time to open the Run box, then you should type appwiz.cpl and click OK to open the Programs and Features window.

Step 2: In the Programs and Features window, navigate to Everything.exe. Then right-click it and choose Uninstall.

Then you have uninstalled Everything.exe successfully. In addition, you can try another method to remove it. You can follow the instructions below.

Step 1: You should open Task Manager again by pressing the Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys simultaneously.

Step 2: In the Task Manager window, you should click the Processes tab, scroll down and find out the running process of the Everything.exe virus.

Step 3: Select it and then click End Task to terminate or stop the running process of Everything.exe virus.

After terminating the running processes of the Everything.exe malware on your computer, you will remove the Everything.exe virus successfully. But if the virus still exists on the computer, then it may be a registry issue. Therefore, you can Windows registry to get rid of it.

Back Up to Protect Your Computer

The variant of this kind of virus would disguise as Everything.exe or Everything-1.3.exe. Once your computer is attacked by this kind of virus, your data on your computer will be lost. Thus, you had better back up important data in advance to avoid data loss and keep the computer safe. Here, I recommend a piece of free backup software – MiniTool ShadowMaker.

This free backup software is designed for Windows 10/8/7, which can provide data protection & disaster recovery solution for you. The program has lots of advanced backup features.

MiniTool ShadowMaker is flexible, which enables you to back up files, Windows operating system, disk, and partition automatically to an external hard drive, flash drive, thumb drive, pen drive, NAS, etc. on a regular basis. Then you can restore your computer with the Restore feature if your computer is in trouble.

To learn the detaild steps to back up with MiniTool ShadowMaker, check out Use MiniTool ShadowMaker to Protect Your Computer.

Note: Your computer may get into a severe data loss situation, It is advised that before you go through any manual processes, you must have a backup of the entire files stored in your computer.

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