What is pagefile.sys? Is pagefile.sys spyware or a virus?
Process name: Windows paging file
Pagefile.sys is a windows system files, acts as swap file and was designed to improve performance. Windows uses it as RAM in case the application you're running on your computer ends up needing more RAM than you actually have. Usually page file is 1.5 times than your actual physical memory size, it is the recommended minimum size. The maximum size is 3 times than your actual physical memory size. Pagefile.sys is a hidden file. It means that you could see it in windows file manager only if you checked 'Show hidden files and folders' in Folder Options.
Can I delete pagefile.sys? As a system file you canít simply delete it as you would for, say, a file that you yourself created but no longer wanted on your computer. To do so set both initial size and maximum size to zero, or click No paging file (Just right click on the workplace icon - either in start menu or on desktop - and select properties -> advanced -> performance options) then restart your computer. Your computer is no longer using pagefile.sys, and you can delete it now. To recover the pagefile.sys set some values to both initial size and maximum size the same way mentioned above. Microsoft strongly recommends that you do not disable or delete the paging file.
Get more detailed information about pagefile.sys and all other running background processes with Security Task Manager.
Note: Any malware can be named anything - so you should check where the files of the running processes are located on your disk. If a "non-Microsoft" .exe file is located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder, then there is a high risk for a virus, spyware, trojan or worm infection! Check it out!
Average user rating of pagefile.sys: based on 3 votes. Read also the 3 reviews.
734 users ask for this file. 3 users rated it as not dangerous.
More process information
Is pagefile.sys spyware or a virus, trojans, adware or worm? Is there a known pagefile.sys error?
- Discussion boards
- Search for spyware
- Spyware Doctor (spyware removal)
- SpeedUpMyPC (cleans, repairs and optimizes your computer)
- Security Task Manager (understand what's running on your computer)
alg.exe audiodg.exe csrss.exe ctfmon.exe desktop.ini dllhost.exe dwm.exe explorer.exe hiberfil.sys internat.exe kernel32.dll logonui.exe lsass.exe lsm.exe mdm.exe mobsync.exe msmsgs.exe mssearch.exe mstask.exe pagefile.sys penservice.exe regsvc.exe rundll32.exe sdclt.exe services.exe slsvc.exe slwinact.exe smss.exe spoolsv.exe svchost.exe system taskeng.exe thumbs.db wercon.exe winlogon.exe winmgmt.exe wmiexe.exe wmiprvse.exe wpcumi.exe wscntfy.exe wuauclt.exe wudfhost.exe
[pagefile.sys in German] [all processes]