What is COMHelper.exe?

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 COMHelper.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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COMHelper.exe file information

The process known as COM Helper belongs to software Wave Spy or Wave Monitor by unknown.

Description: COMHelper.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. COMHelper.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows or sometimes in the C:\Windows\System32 folder—for example C:\Windows\SysWOW64\. The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 11,776 bytes. 
The application can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. The program has no file description. The program is not visible. The COMHelper.exe file is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 32% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: If you run into problems with COMHelper.exe, you can also safely remove the program using the uninstall program of Wave Spy (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as COMHelper.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the COMHelper.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.


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Best practices for resolving COMHelper issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with COMHelper. 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 COMHelper.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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