Is Unknown.exe safe or not?

There's a file called Unknown.exe in the task manager, which is taking up all the CPU resources, and is making the laptop extremely slow. How do I get rid of it?

[Original Title: Unknown.exe]


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Last updated July 27, 2019 Views 3,784 Applies to:

Send a copy of the file to VirusTotal for analysis:


Where is the file located?   What is the complete path to the file.Tell us the background of the problem, when it started, etc. I presume this is a new issue!  

Can you manually delete the file?


Have you just installed any new programs?  If so can you uninstall them and see if the “unknown” file will also be removed?  Anything new in the starTup menu?  If so, can you disaBLE IT?


Have you tried free scanners such as the Emsisoft Emergency Kit, the Eset Online Scanner, the Kaspersky Virus Removal Tool, Malwarebytes Free?


Emsisoft Emergency Kit:

ESET Online Scanner:

Kaspersky Virus Removal Tool:

Malwarebytes Free:


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