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Friday, July 22, 2011

what is dumprep.exe process ? Is dumprep.exe any virus or worm ?

Dumprep.exe is a Microsoft process that runs when a program has a critical error and cannot be restored. Basically it comes with XP/PRO. It's a non-essential program but I'm not sure how to stop it from running. I would search microsoft.com until you find information on it or a simple google.com search might yield better results.

It's not a virus or anything although spyware can assume the same name as this Microsoft software (as with any process, spy ware can "mask" itself as a legitimate OS software). You can run Search and Destroy, CW Shredder, Hijack This and a slew of other free utilities to get rid of spy ware on your system if you suspect you have it. Hijack This is the best tool (do a search in google and it will come up) HOWEVER it is a very complicated program and should only be used with extreme caution. I'll say this once, LOOK UP EVERYTHING that Hijack This brings up on your system with a google or Yahoo search before clicking remove as it brings up essential programs that you need to run your system as well as spyware threats.

Method 1: Use the System Configuration Utility to disable the Dumprep.exe tool

  1. Click Start, click Run, type msconfig in the Open box, and then click OK.
  2. Click the Startup tab.
  3. Click to clear the dumprep 0 -k or dumprep 0 -u check box, and then click OK.
  4. Restart the computer.

Method 2: Use Registry Editor to remove the Dumprep.exe entry

  1. Click Start, click Run, type regedit in the Open box, and then click OK.
  2. Locate and then click the following registry key:
  3. In the right pane, click Dumprep, and then press DELETE.
  4. Restart the computer.

I wouldn't worry about the dumprep.exe process too much but you should run spyware blockers and at least run Search & Destroy on your system just to eliminate the possibility of spyware.