The genuine MF.exe file is a software component of Media Finder by Media Finder.
"MF.exe" is the old name for a program now named "Media Finder.exe", (including the space character), which installs in "C:\Program Files\Media Finder\". This Media Finder is also associated with Gencrawler adware. It installs a large number of folders and files and registry keys, one of which causes it to start whenever Windows opens; its files include browser add-ons that cause browser redirection to malicious websites which can download more malware. Another "MF.exe" process is identified as Trojan Bancos, used to steal a user's passwords and bank information. Considered a variant of Rovnix which was recently identified by CCIS of Norway, it creates its installation folder name by adding one letter ("g") to the %Windows% folder name. It also installs "Colomb.exe". There appears to be no connection to MediaFinder.com, the online version of the Oxbridge Communications database of North American periodicals, a major advertising industry resource.
MF stands for Media Finder
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 MF.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.
Description: MF.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. MF.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files (x86)"—mostly C:\Program Files (x86)\Media Finder\.
Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 8,481,792 bytes (50% of all occurrences) or 8,585,728 bytes.
There is an icon for this program on the taskbar next to the clock. The software has no file description. MF.exe is not a Windows core file. MF.exe is able to connect to the Internet, record keyboard and mouse inputs, hide itself and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 51% dangerous, but you should also take into account the user reviews.
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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as MF.exe. Therefore, you should check the MF.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.
A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with MF. 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 MF.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.