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AppHostRegistrationVerifier.exe: What is it & is it Safe?

Find out if this executable file is risky or not and why you may or may not disable it


The AppHostRegistrationVerifier.exe file is like other executable files, e.g., Sihost.exe, that runs in the background to help the computer run smoothly. And like other EXE files also, it has been suspected to be a malware or spyware. But is it though?

This answer we will find out at the completion of this article. We will investigate this file is, and what it does that makes it either beneficial or risky. After doing that, you will decide whether it is safe to use or we should eliminate it from our PC as quickly as possible.

What is AppHostRegistrationVerifier.exe?

The AppHostRegistrationVerifier.exe file is an authentic Windows process file essential for the proper operation of the Windows operating system. You should avoid accidentally or intentionally deleting them. Doing this can cause catastrophic problems for your computer.

You should never delete these files because, like removing a poqexec.exe file, there are several potential ranges of problems and errors it can cause. These errors range from simple performance issues to more intense BSOD or system crashes. This file is known as App Uri Handlers Registration Verifier.

What does AppHostRegistrationVerifier.exe do?

Have you, at any time, through one app launched another app? Did you get any directions from your PC on what to do to complete the task? If your answers to these questions are yes, then you have probably used this valuable file.

The apphostregistrationverifier.exe performs the following tasks:

  • App-to-app launch.
  • Enable helpful app-to-app interactions.
  • App-to-app interactions.
  • Updates tasks responsible for app-to-app interactions.
  • Unify app-to-app operations.

Is AppHostRegistrationVerifier.exe safe?

YES! The AppHostRegistrationVerifier.exe is a legitimate Windows process. It is a safe file developed by Microsoft. It works in the Windows App Host subsystem. This subsystem is responsible for hosting and managing web applications and services on Windows.

AppHostRegistrationVerifier.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. The file size is typically around 100 KB. The file signature is Microsoft Corporation. If you find a file with the same name but in a different location, then you may suspect malware and you should run a detailed virus scan

How will I know that my AppHostRegistrationVerifier.exe file is not a virus?

1. Check with Windows Defender

  1. Press the ctrl + shift + esc keys together to open the system’s Task Manager.
  2. Under the Details tab, look for AppHostRegistrationVerifier.exe, right-click on it and click Open file location.
  3. Right-click the file once and select Scan with Windows Defender to scan it.
  4. Then, wait for the process to complete.
  5. Lastly, see if the system marks it as safe. Then it is safe to be on your PC.
  6. If not, delete it.

2. Check the publisher

  1. Locate the file.
  2. Then, right-click the file and check its Properties to see if it has a known publisher.
  3. Under Digital Signature, see if the file is signed by Microsoft or a major company.
  4. You can click on Details to see the signer clearer.
  5. If yes, then it is safe. Else, it is risky and should be removed.

3. Observe network activity for strange behavior

If the file is already running on your computer and you observe suspicious behavior, then find out the hosts the .exe is connecting to. Also observe the types of traffic it is sending and receiving. If you notice the .exe is acting badly, remove it.

4. Check the spelling

If you have concerns about spyware or viruses, ensure to double-check the spelling of your tasks. Spywares or malwares often use spellings similar to Windows processes tasks.

Can I disable AppHostRegistrationVerifier.exe?

Yes, you can deactivate this executable. However, it is not without consequences. The result of disabling this file include the following errors:

  • Bad Image.
  • Error starting program.
  • AppHostRegistrationVerifier.exe could not be found.
  • AppHostRegistrationVerifier.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience.
  • Class not registered.
  • AppHostRegistrationVerifier.exe failed to initialize properly.
  • AppHostRegistrationVerifier.exe is not running.
  • Cannot find AppHostRegistrationVerifier.exe.
  • Faulting Application Path.

To conclude, the AppHostRegistrationVerifier.exe file is not malware and is not risky. It is a genuine executable from Microsoft. The function it performs is crucial to inter-application interactions and may misbehave when haphazardly removed.

However, if you are uncomfortable with it, you can disable the file on your computer. But note that the consequences are unprecedented. For further inquiry, comment below in the comment section or consult Microsoft Support for help troubleshooting it in case of any error.

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