Is PING.EXE a virus?

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I saw in my procceses a procces name ping.exe for 2 seconds. Is it a virus?

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No, it is not for the moment. So the true ping.exe file is a safe MS Windows system
process, called “TCP/IP ping command”.
But, guys of malware programs, such as viruses or trojans give their processes the same file name to escape
detection. Viruses with the same file name are for ex. BKDR_DELF.HUA or BKDR_DELF.BXK (detected by TrendMicro), and Infostealer or W32.Spybot.Worm (detected by Symantec).
Check it with a ANTI virus signature checker. (e.g. windows defender)

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  • Subhendu Sen
    No, this is not a virus. It is a built-in utility of Windows, that helps to make ensure that computers are connected through LAN/cable and can communicate each other. Probably ping is running either windows command prompt (CMD) or by a batch file/script that runs when your PC/laptop boots up. Check all the possibilities.
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  • jinteik
    Totally not a virus.
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  • ToddN2000
    Not a virus. It's a command that test to see if a connection is working. You could actually open a command window and enter the command to test to see if an IP address is working.
    Something like this PING
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  • Kevin Beaver
    Search your system for that file (it's likely in c:\windows\system32\), you can upload it to and get the details on it. It's likely benign but there's always a chance it could be malware - or malware-related - so it doesn't hurt to be safe. A full malware scan using a reputable tool (Webroot, Hitman Pro, etc.) would be helpful as well.
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  • Subhendu Sen
    Assuming this is not a virus/but if there is any malware that helps to run it automatically and clear your doubts, you can also try MWAV (a free anti virus tool & no need to install) for this purpose.
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  • JustinWilson07
    You might want to install Malwarebytes and then if you can list the logs that detected the infection.
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  • carlosdl
    There is no way for us to know whether it is a virus. The legitimate PING.EXE is not a virus, but how can we tell if that is not a malicious process that managed to use the PING.EXE name?

    If you didn't execute it, and you are not running some kind of network utility, ping should not be running, so, I would suggest installing some good antimalware program to run a scan on your system.
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  • joeywatson
    Yes, the file with .Exe format is a virus.
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