Perl.exe – What is it, Uses, Error, How to Fix/Remove it?

Perl.exe is not an essential part of Windows OS. This Perl file belongs to ActivePerl application and may be found in Windows, Mac OS X, and other operating systems.  ActivePerl is a pre-compiled Perl distribution software whose developer is Active State Software Inc. 

What is Perl.exe

Perl.exe, also known as Perl Command Line Interpreter, is a valid file and a component of ActivePerl.  A user who has installed Oracle database on their system might find Perl.exe under task manager.  If you are running Oracle on your system then perl.exe may consume a lot of CPU resources.

Although It’s a non-system process, and so users who are not using Oracle can disable it. Perl.exe is present on the HDD of computers and has machine code. When ActivePerl starts on a PC, the commands in perl.exe get executed. Thus, this .exe file resides in the RAM of a PC and runs as a task.

File Location

The location of perl.exe is a folder under “C:\Program Files (x86).” Mostly, the path is C:\Program Files (x86)\FusionInventory-Agent\perl\bin\.

Several file sizes for perl.exe has been reported by Windows users. Most users have reported the size of 14,336 bytes.

Common Errors

A user who has installed Oracle database might see below error:

  • perl.exe has stopped working
  • perl.exe is missing
  • perl.exe failed to load

Perl.exe error message

If you are seeing such messages, then you will have to reinstall the Perl.

Is it a Malware/Virus?

The sort of malware programs and the type of infection differs. Some of the symptoms of an infection are:

  • Highly fluctuating internet connection
  • exe file taking more CPU memory
  • The very low PC performance
  • Random redirection to strange websites
  • The appearance of popup ads

The first thing to check is that perl.exe is present in C:\Program Files (x86)\FusionInventory-Agent\perl\bin. This can be done by opening Task Manager, right-clicking on Perl.exe and checking the location.

If the file is not under its default location then it might be malware. Users should also know that some malware masquerades as perl.exe, mainly when present in a subdirectory of C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32.

Users who suspect an infection should delete perl.exe by using an Antivirus. They should do a quick scan and threats found will show on an alert screen. The Antivirus will erase the perl.exe virus, including other malware.

uninstallUninstalling perl.exe is easy

Users who’ve no reason to fear that the .exe is infected and yet wish to remove it must uninstall ActivePerl.  They can use the Add/Remove Program located under Control Panel.



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