What is CmdShell.exe?

CmdShell.exe is part of SearchProtect and developed by SearchProtect according to the CmdShell.exe version information.

CmdShell.exe's description is "TODO: <File description>"

CmdShell.exe is digitally signed by Thinknice Co., Limited.

CmdShell.exe is usually located in the 'C:\Program Files (x86)\STab\' folder.

None of the anti-virus scanners at VirusTotal reports anything malicious about CmdShell.exe.

If you have additional information about the file, please share it with the FreeFixer users by posting a comment at the bottom of this page.

Vendor and version information [?]

The following is the available information on CmdShell.exe:

Product nameSearchProtect
Company nameSearchProtect
File descriptionTODO: <File description>
Internal nameCmdShell.exe
Original filenameCmdShell.exe
Legal copyrightCopyright (C) 2014
Product version4,0,1,1208
File version4,0,1,1208

Here's a screenshot of the file properties when displayed by Windows Explorer:

Product nameSearchProtect
Company nameSearchProtect
File descriptionTODO: <File description>
Internal nameCmdShell.exe
Original filenameCmdShell.exe
Legal copyrightCopyright (C) 2014
Product version4,0,1,1208
File version4,0,1,1208

Digital signatures [?]

CmdShell.exe has a valid digital signature.

Signer nameThinknice Co., Limited
Certificate issuer nameGlobalSign CodeSigning CA - SHA256 - G2
Certificate serial number11217b1525408e122e96f2fc3cb018a64466

VirusTotal report

None of the 54 anti-virus programs at VirusTotal detected the CmdShell.exe file.

None of the 54 anti-virus programs detected the CmdShell.exe file.

Folder name variants

CmdShell.exe may also be located in other folders than C:\Program Files (x86)\STab\. The most common variants are listed below:

Hashes [?]


Error Messages

These are some of the error messages that can appear related to cmdshell.exe:

cmdshell.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience.

cmdshell.exe - Application Error. The instruction at "0xXXXXXXXX" referenced memory at "0xXXXXXXXX". The memory could not be "read/written". Click on OK to terminate the program.

TODO: has stopped working.

End Program - cmdshell.exe. This program is not responding.

cmdshell.exe is not a valid Win32 application.

cmdshell.exe - Application Error. The application failed to initialize properly (0xXXXXXXXX). Click OK to terminate the application.

What will you do with CmdShell.exe?

To help other users, please let us know what you will do with CmdShell.exe:

What did other users do?

The poll result listed below shows what users chose to do with CmdShell.exe. 78% have voted for removal. Based on votes from 553 users.

User vote results: There were 429 votes to remove and 124 votes to keep

NOTE: Please do not use this poll as the only source of input to determine what you will do with CmdShell.exe.

Malware or legitimate?

If you feel that you need more information to determine if your should keep this file or remove it, please read this guide.

Please select the option that best describe your thoughts on the information provided on this web page

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Please share with the other users what you think about this file. What does this file do? Is it legitimate or something that your computer is better without? Do you know how it was installed on your system? Did you install it yourself or did it come bundled with some other software? Is it running smoothly or do you get some error message? Any information that will help to document this file is welcome. Thank you for your contributions.

I'm reading all new comments so don't hesitate to post a question about the file. If I don't have the answer perhaps another user can help you.

ram writes

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how to remove cmdshell.exe
i'm unable to find where it is.
but it always comes in my screen when i login

# 18 Jan 2015, 22:47

Roger Karlsson writes

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I think cmdshell.exe should be in any of these folders:

C:\Program Files (x86)\STab\
C:\Program Files\STab\
C:\Program Files (x86)\XTab\
C:\Program Files\XTab\

What message do you see regarding cmdshell.exe when you log in?

# 20 Jan 2015, 7:08

wahyu writes

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if CMDShell.exe isn't a malware so how I can fix 'CMDShell.exe has stopped working' pop up notifications?

# 12 May 2015, 22:22

Roger Karlsson writes

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@wahyu: Here's the latest detections from VirusTotal:

* AhnLab-V3 PUP/Win32.SearchProtect 20150630
* Antiy-AVL GrayWare[AdWare]/Win32.SearchProtect.mg 20150701
* Baidu-International Adware.Win32.SearchProtect.mg 20150701
* Bkav W32.HfsAdware.1F80 20150630
* CAT-QuickHeal PUA.SearchProtect.OD3 20150701
* DrWeb Adware.Mutabaha.480 20150701
* GData Win32.Application.SearchProtect.AA@gen 20150701
* Jiangmin AdWare/SearchProtect.x 20150630
* K7AntiVirus Riskware ( 0040eff71 ) 20150701
* K7GW Riskware ( 0040eff71 ) 20150701
* Panda PUP/SupTab 20150701
* TrendMicro ADW_BATS 20150701
* TrendMicro-HouseCall ADW_BATS 20150701
* VBA32 AdWare.SearchProtect 20150701
* Zillya Adware.SearchProtect.Win32.49 20150701

# 4 Jul 2015, 6:08

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