What is Maps.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 Maps.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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Maps.exe file information

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

The process known as Maps.exe belongs to software Maps or Windows Maps by Microsoft (

Description: Maps.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Maps.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files"—mainly C:\Program Files\WindowsApps\Microsoft.WindowsMaps_5.1711.10477.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 15,872 bytes (69% of all occurrences), 16,384 bytes, 16,896 bytes or 19,968 bytes. 
The Microsoft WindowsMaps app can be downloaded from the Windows Store on
The program has no file description. The program is not visible. Maps.exe is not a Windows system file. The software listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. The app passed the Windows Store certification. Maps.exe appears to be a compressed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 57% dangerous, but you should also take into account the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In case of problems with Maps.exe, you can also visit the support page or uninstall Windows Maps from your computer using the Control Panel applet Uninstall a Program.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as Maps.exe. Therefore, you should check the Maps.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 is an unauthorised 3rd party making use of your (Uk) personal data property without payment and a written contract to use your data property as per Uk common law grants YOU all rights to your data and how you monitise said personal data and forbids any 3RD PARTY from unauthorised use superseding all Data protection laws. TLDR: you create the data ,its your property and you automatically have all the rights to licence said property for profit and/or retain it and exclude any part of it from any collection,storage, and/or processing by any party.
  UK (common) LAW trumps all others  

Summary: Average user rating of Maps.exe: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user suspects danger.

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Best practices for resolving Maps issues

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