When in Doubt, Don´t Execute

Executable files ending in “.exe” have the ability to carry out multiple functions, some of which could be detrimental to your computer. When opened, such a file might install malicious software or instruct your computer to perform actions you would rather avoid, such as connecting to a harmful server. The automatic execution of .exe files upon opening means that computer users might not even realize that these files are engaging in potentially harmful activities.

If you are worried about a particular file on your computer, you can verify its safety. For instance, in all modern Windows operating systems, there´s Windows Defender. This tool allows you to easily scan selected files. Simply right-click the file and select “Scan with Microsoft Defender.” After the scan is complete, you will see the results on the scan settings page.

See our video below about harmful .exe files: