What is Install.exe?

The genuine Install.exe file is a software component of Microsoft .NET Framework Redistributable by Microsoft Corporation.
"Install.exe", a widely-used process name, is a popular malware disguise. Generally it should not run continuously but accomplish a task and end. If running continuously, or it always runs at startup automatically, when no software product or Windows Update is being added, then it is suspect. It is also generally executed either from a removable medium or a temporary folder, (such as a subfolder of the user's profile folder); if it is in a major operating system path like "C:\Windows", it may be dangerous. Microsoft uses "Install.exe" as an External Installer for the .NET Framework Redistributable. It is the first thing unpacked (to a temporary folder) from the "Dotnetfx.exe" self-extracting executable created by Windows Installer. It checks platform parameters and loads the Windows Installer (if necessary) so that the rest can be done from an ".msi" file. "Install.exe" also appears when installing Microsoft Visual Studio.

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 Install.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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Install.exe file information

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

The process known as External Installer or McAfee Integrated Security Platform Installer or BtIntall or Charting Companion or Microsoft Visual C (version 2005 ATL Update kb973923 - x86 8.0.50727.4053)

belongs to software McAfee Integrated Security Platform Installer or Microsoft Silverlight or Microsoft Visual C (version 2005 ATL Update kb973923 - x86) or Microsoft Visual Studio (version 2008)

by Microsoft ( or McAfee ( or Amyuni Technologies or Atheros Communications (

Description: Install.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Install.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files (x86)"—primarily C:\Program Files (x86)\caceco\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,452,032 bytes (40% of all occurrences), 77,592 bytes, 224,112 bytes or 338,716 bytes. 
It is not a Windows core file. There is no file information. The program starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\RunServicesOnce, DEFAULT\Run, win.ini, RunOnce, Run). Install.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 35% dangerous, but you should also take into account the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In case of problems with Install.exe, you may also do the following:
  • search the support area on the Oszone website
  • update the program
  • uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a ProgramWindows Sidebar or Charting Companion

Recommended: Identify Install.exe related errors

External information from Paul Collins:

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

"SupportSoft Container" is also an identifier used by C:\Program Files\Comcast\Desktop Doctor\agent\bin\bcont_nm.exe. This file is used by Comcast's ISP application Desktop Doctor to communicate your system details with Comcast technical support. The software is supposed to solve the most common techincal problems by prompting the user to download patches or drivers. However the user should always be very careful about communicating such detailed system information with an outside party. Personally, I'm uncomfortable with this, and have uninstalled this tool.
  Eric Chadwick   (further information)
window setup exe
  xp windows  
Software for HD memory camera
Install.exe is a module belonging to a number of advertising programs. These processes monitor your browsing habits and distributes the data back to the author's servers for analysis. This also prompts advertising popups. This process is a security risk and should be removed from your system.
I received this file through hotmail,did not opened it
  Robert Martinez  
install.exe is a loader for magicJack services and will open whenever magicJack has been opened or set to auto-start. This program is not harmful to your computer if you are only seeing this occurrence when opening magicJack.
  SirGregory   (further information)
Palm Desktop Software
Runs automatically during pc boot , can not be disabled on msconfig. Slows down pc greatly.
  M. James  
warcraft 3 the frozentrhone
Install games

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of Install.exe: based on 24 votes with 10 user comments. 17 users think Install.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. 3 users suspect danger. 2 users think Install.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 3 users don't grade Install.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving Install issues

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