What is Bluestacks.exe?

The genuine Bluestacks.exe file is a software component of BlueStacks App Player by BlueStack Systems.
The BlueStacks App Player enables Android applications to run on computers running Windows and Macintosh operating systems. BlueStacks.exe runs the BlueStacks App Player. This is not an essential Windows process and is safe to remove if not required.

The BlueStacks App Player is a subscription-based virtualization software mainly used to run Android games on the Windows or Macintosh platforms. The program was originally launched in 2011 and is reported to support over 96% of the 1.4 million apps currently on the Google Play Store. The new Bluestacks 2.0 for Windows allows users to use multiple Android applications simultaneously on their computer.

Bluestacks is an American company that develops the BlueStacks App Player as well as numerous other cloud-based cross-platform products. The company was founded in 2009 by Jay Vaishnav, Suman Saraf and Rosen Sharma. The company's major investors include Samsung, Intel, Andreessen-Horowitz, Redpoint, Qualcomm, Ignition Partners, Citrix, Radar Partners, AMD, among many others. Bluestacks is currently headquartered in Campbell, California, USA.

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the Bluestacks.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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Bluestacks.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with Bluestacks
Bluestacks.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as BlueStacks App Player or BlueStacks (version 3) belongs to software BlueStacks or BlueStacks App Player by BlueStack Systems.

Description: Bluestacks.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Bluestacks.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\ProgramData"—mainly C:\ProgramData\BlueStacksGameManager\ or C:\ProgramData\BlueStacks\Client\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,305,240 bytes (20% of all occurrences), 1,433,656 bytes and 10 more variants. 
The Bluestacks.exe file is a Verisign signed file. It is certified by a trustworthy company. Bluestacks.exe is not a Windows system file. The program has no visible window. The application listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. Bluestacks.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 51% dangerous, but you should also take into account the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you have any problems with Bluestacks.exe, you can also uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program > BlueStacks App Player or BlueStacks 3).

Recommended: Identify Bluestacks.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as Bluestacks.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the Bluestacks.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


User Comments

I downloaded this on Oct. 15, 2017. On Oct. 17, 2017 someone remotely controlled my laptop and purchased a playstation gift card from my laptop. At the time I thought Amazon had been hacked. A week later I saw with my own eyes my mouse moving on its own to the Amazon bookmark on my laptop, click and go to Amazon and buy yet another playstation gift card. I was across the room watching my mouse moving and my browser going to a different site but by the time it registered in my brain what was going on and I got to the laptop the purchase had been made that quickly. I am sure it is bluestack that gave the trojan. I downloaded malwarebytes and I had a trojan called passwordstealer.steam.
  Tracy Wills  

Summary: Average user rating of Bluestacks.exe: based on 3 votes with 1 user comment. 2 users think Bluestacks.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks Bluestacks.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving Bluestacks issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with Bluestacks. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the 6resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the Bluestacks.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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