One of the biggest problems people face today is malware in their systems. Viruses, spyware, and adware are just some of the malicious programs that target our devices and steal private information or worse – turn our computers against us and attempt to extort money from us.
This article explains what m1.exe is and why you should uninstall it from your computer.
What Is m1.exe? Is It A Virus Or Malware?
The first thing you need to know is that m1 stands for MediaMonkey, an audio-organizing tool used by people who download music from online music stores like iTunes and make playlists from those songs.
Most of us don’t use MediaMonkey (or any similar program) but if you do it’s essential to run it at all times in order for your computer to remain organized.
So if you have a file named m1.exe on your computer then there’s nothing to worry about: It’s just a harmless program that runs in the background and keeps your collection of tunes up-to-date.
That said, there are plenty of viruses out there with names similar to m1.exe so it can be hard to tell what exactly is going on when you see one pop up on your desktop! If you want to ensure everything is fine with your computer, open Windows Explorer and look at what directory m1.exe lives in.
If it’s located in C:\Program Files\MediaMonkey\m1.exe then you don’t have anything to worry about—it’s a legitimate program installed by default on most computers running Windows XP or later versions of Microsoft’s operating system.
Is This File Safe?
The file m1.exe isn’t a virus or Trojan, but there are other malicious files out there that have similar names and go by M1, such as m115809514620486330897.exe. To avoid mistakes, it’s a good idea to confirm what you’re downloading before installing any new program on your computer.
If you downloaded m1.exe from an official website, then it’s probably safe to install (although always be sure to scan for viruses).
If you received an email attachment with a .zip file inside of it, then proceed with caution—the .zip might contain a virus disguised as m1.exe.
To check if your copy of m1.exe is legitimate, open Task Manager and look at its properties; if it says Copyright Microsoft Corporation under File Description, then you can safely assume that you haven’t been duped into downloading a fake file.
How Do I Know If The File Is Malicious
The name of a virus can have many different extensions, so it is important to know if your file has been infected before removing it from your system.
If you find that a file has been created with a .m1 extension, but you cannot recognize it as belonging to a program on your computer, you should not attempt to open it; instead, continue reading for instructions on how to remove malware from your computer.
To determine whether or not a file is malicious, you must first download and run a free anti-virus software package. Once downloaded, double-click on the icon to install it onto your machine.
You may be prompted to restart your computer in order for it to take effect. After installing, follow these steps: Open Control Panel and go to Uninstall an application. Then, choose to Uninstall a program (or Uninstall) under Programs.
Click Uninstall next to the Programs button. Select Yes when asked about re-starting your computer.
Your PC will now automatically begin scanning your hard drive for viruses. Once finished, you will receive a list of any threats detected by your anti-virus software.
Remove any files listed here by clicking Uninstall next to their names and following any prompts that appear during removal. Repeat these steps until no more viruses are found on your computer.
In some cases, it might also be necessary to scan all removable drives connected to your PC such as USB flash drives, memory cards, etc., using an anti-virus scanner.
How Can I Get Rid Of This File
The first thing you need to do is find out what program is associated with it. In order to do so, open up the task manager by holding CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at once. A new window will appear with all currently running processes on your computer.
In some of those processes, you should find a file called m1.exe – that’s what we’re looking for, right there! Once you’ve found it, go ahead and end its process.
If ending a process doesn’t work, go ahead and reboot your computer in safe mode (press F8 when your PC starts) and try to remove m1.exe from there.
If nothing works, run a full system scan with an anti-virus tool. That should get rid of it. Now, if you don’t know where it came from, I suggest starting with a search through your recently used files.
There might be something in there which could help you figure out which app put that file there. After that, check your startup folder (Start > Run > Msconfig).
You can see whether anything suspicious has been added to start automatically when Windows boots up. Finally, if all else fails, just Google it!
How Do I Remove An EXE Virus From My Computer?
There are a number of ways you can get rid of an EXE virus, but most involve using an antivirus program. Before removing it, you should be sure that it really is a virus and not something else like a poorly written program.
If you’re not technically proficient with computers, we recommend hiring someone who is to remove it for you. Once you have made sure that it is indeed a virus, follow these steps