- EXE File
- An executable file or application. Normally denoted by a file with a
".exe" file extension.
Take care when deleting because executable files (typically) represent installed applications, and deleting an executable program may prevent an application from working and yet leave other application related files. On Windows systems it is preferable to use the Install/Uninstall applet in the Windows Control Panel to remove programs.
If you receive an email attachment that is an executable file then only execute it if it is from a known and trusted source because many viruses spread by sending exe files as e-mail attachments. To make matters worse Windows often hides the file extension so it may not always be apparent that an exe file is what it is.