Did you just run into a download or a file on your computer that is digitally signed by Microsoft Windows Component Publisher? If so, please read on.
You will probably see Microsoft Windows Component Publisher when clicking to run the file. The publisher name is displayed as the "Verified publisher" in the UAC dialog as the screencap shows:
You can view the additional details from the Microsoft Windows Component Publisher digital signature with the following steps:
Here's a screengrab of a file signed by Microsoft Windows Component Publisher:
As you can see in the screenshot above, Windows states that "This digital signature is OK". This implies that the file has been published by Microsoft Windows Component Publisher and that the file has not been tampered with.
If you click the View Certificate button shown in the screenshot above, you can examine all the details of the certificate, such as when it was issued, who issued the certificate, how long it is valid, etc. You can also see the address for Microsoft Windows Component Publisher, such as the street name, city and country.
Microsoft Windows Verification Intermediate PCA and Microsoft Windows Verification PCA has issued the Microsoft Windows Component Publisher certificates. You can also view the details of the issuer by clicking the View Certificate button shown in the screencap above.
These are the Microsoft Windows Component Publisher files I have gathered, thanks to the FreeFixer users.
The FreeFixer tool treats files from Microsoft Windows Component Publisher as trusted, which means that the Microsoft Windows Component Publisher files will appear with a green background and that there's no removal checkbox for the file. However, as you can see in the scan results below, a few of the anti-virus scanners detects the Microsoft Windows Component Publisher file(s). My guess is that those detections are incorrect and that the files are safe. It is unlikely that Microsoft Windows Component Publisher would ship a malware file.
|Detection Ratio||File Name|
Here's the detection names for the Microsoft Windows Component Publisher files. I have grouped the detection names by each scanner engine. Thanks to VirusTotal for the scan results.
As mentioned above, I think these detections are false positives since it is very unlikely that Microsoft Windows Component Publisher would ship a malware file.
|Emsisoft||Gen:Variant.Kazy.327376 (B), Android.Adware.Wallap.A (B), Gen:Variant.Strictor.47446 (B)|
|TheHacker||Trojan/Generic.nodef, Trojan/Downloader.Geral.ngf, Trojan/Fesber.a, Trojan/PSW.LdPinch.andx|
The detection percentage is based on that I have gathered 57731 scan results for the Microsoft Windows Component Publisher files. 26 of these scan results came up with some sort of detection. You can view the full details of the scan results by examining the files listed above.
The analysis is based on certificates with the following serial numbers: