What is ARPPRODUCTICON.exe? Should I remove it?

by Gabriel E. Hall - -
ARPPRODUCTICON.exe

Arpproducticon.exe is a third-party software dependent executable file

Arpproducticon.exe is an executable file[1] that is not a default component of Windows OS. In most of the cases, it enters PCs as an integral part of the InstallShield developed by Acresso Software Inc.[2] The software is a legitimate tool that automatically scans the system and looks for missing software updates.

Name Arpproducticon.exe
File type Executable
Related software InstallShield Update Manager
Related files ISUSPM.exe, _IsIcoRes.exe
Location  C:\WINDOWS, C:\Users\
Size  Size319KiB (326880 bytes)
Compatible OS types Windows (XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10)

The Arpproducticon.exe executable participates in the automatic software upgrade process, which is why it is continuously run in the background of the system. It is compatible with All Windows OS versions and can run on Win32 and Win64 systems.

The file is located in the C:\ARPPRODUCTICON.exe or C:\WINDOWS\Installer\{8E9748E1-9170-4889-94A8-FD57E301AC12}\ foldersby default, but it can be stored in the following locatios as well:

  • C:\WINDOWS\Installer\{D3BCC13A-E4F2-45EE-846F-D143CEDDDBCB}\
  • C:\Windows\Installer\{00580795-581C-4587-B9F2-37320D7AB37F}\
  • C\Users\Enrico\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Installer\{3EE9BCAE-E9A9-45E5-9B1C-83A4D357E05C}\
  • C\users\%USERNAME%\appdata\roaming\microsoft\installer\{3ee9bcae-e9a9-45e5-9b1c-83a4d357e05c}\
  • C\Users\Gregory Russell\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Installer\{3EE9BCAE-E9A9-45E5-9B1C-83A4D357E05C}\
  • C\documents and settings\%USERNAME%\application data\microsoft\installer\{3ee9bcae-e9a9-45e5-9b1c-83a4d357e05c}\

In case the Arpproducticon.exe executable file is storeed in one of the locations listed above, we would recommend you to check the system for malware, especially if the system displayed “Arpproducticon.exe Application Error,“Arpproducticon.exe is not running,” or “Arpproducticon.exe failed,” or similar error warnings.

This file is often dubbed as an Arpproducticon.exe virus. Malware developers have been using this executable file to start a parasite or launch some of its components. In most of the cases, this file is used by Spycheck Anti-Spyware 2010, which is a well-known rogue anti-spyware that was designed for making people buy useless licensed version.

Once executed, this program starts displaying fake pop-up ads that report about dangerous PC's situation and offer purchasing a licensed version for fixing everything. Before you pay for Spycheck, you should check your computer with reliable security software, such as Reimage, Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner or Plumbytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes Malwarebytes.

While VirusTotal check does not report the original ARPPRODUCTICON.exe file as a virus, it may turn out to be dangerous when installing in a software bundle.

Apart from virus infection, the ARPPRODUCTICON.exe error may occur due to the corrupted or damaged InstallShield app. If you are using this app, you may try to update, reinstall or uninstall it.

Common malware distribution strategies

This particular file is not related to malware, at least in most of the cases. It's associated with InstallShield software, which serves Windows software updates automatically. However, there's a bunch of malware that may exploit such and similar .exe files for malicious activities.

Usually, potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) or malware, including scareware, can be downloaded onto the system as a part of freeware. Bedynet.ru[3] experts recommend PC users forget about Quick or Recommended installation setup to protect the system from unwanted installers.

Opt for Advanced or Custom installation method instead and read the terms carefully. Opt out of extra downloads that are marked by default. Don't mind appealing descriptions because it's just a trick used to attract new users.
Finally, take care of your PC's performance, stability and security all the time. Install Windows Updates regularly and install a professional anti-virus program.

Remove Arpproducticon.exe file from Windows

If Arpproducticon.exe exhibits a behavior that is unusual for an executable file, for example, it uses way too much CPU resources or calls up system's errors, there's a risk that your system contains an Arpproducticon.exe virus.

If you doubt about your PC's security, download Reimage and scan your PC. If the scan did not reveal about any threats, you might need to update or reinstall the InstallShield Update Manager. You can do that by following these steps:

  • Press Ctrl + Alt + Del to open Task Manager.
  • Find the Arpproducticon.exe, right-click on it and select End Task.
  • Do the same with ISUSPM.exe files.
  • After that, press Windows key to open Settings.
  • Click Apps and locate the InstallShield Update Manager or any other application related to InstallShield.
  • Click on it, and select Uninstall.
  • The users of older Windows versions should look for the app in Control Panel -> Programs and Features.
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