Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Theworld.exe Process Information

theworld.exe is a user invoked program called TheWorld Browser. It's a free web browser developed by Phoenix Studio. It has not been identified as a threat. The file is located in a subfolder of C:\Program Files.
  • C:\Program Files\theworld 2.0\theworld.exe
  • C:\Program Files\theworld 3\theworld.exe
theworld.exe runs at star-up. You can open up the System Configuration Utility in Windows, go to Startup tab and uncheck theworld.exe. It won't pop-up anymore. Some users find it difficult to completely uninstall TheWorld Browser, but normally you should be able to uninstall theworld.exe without any problems using an uninstall program or using the Add/Remove Programs control panel.

Security Rating: Safe

However, if the file 'theworld.exe' runs from %WinDir% or %Temp% then there is a great chance that it's actually malware posing as legit program. Across all our reports the file theworld.exe has sometimes been a threat. So, if you didn't install TheWorld Browser but the process is running, your computer is probably infected with malicious software. It could be Trojan-Dropper, Generic.PWStealer or similar infection. In such case, you should scan your computer with anti-malware software.
  • %System%\theworld.exe
  • %Temp%\theworld.exe
Security Rating: Dangerous

%System% is a variable that refers to the Windows folder in the short path form.
  • C:\Windows\system32\
%Temp% is a variable that refers to the temporary folder in the short path form.
  • C:\Documents and Settings\[UserName]\Local Settings\Temp\ (Windows 2000/NT/XP)
  • C:\Users\[UserName]\AppData\Local\Temp\ (Windows 7)

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