What is ClipMate.exe?

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the ClipMate.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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ClipMate.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with ClipMate
ClipMate.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as ClipMate (version 7, 6) belongs to software ClipMate Clipboard Extender by Thornsoft Development.

Description: ClipMate.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. ClipMate.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of C:\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 5,000,320 bytes (69% of all occurrences), 3,760,424 bytes or 2,719,744 bytes. 
The file is not a Windows system file. The file has a digital signature. The program has no visible window. The software starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: Run). It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. ClipMate.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs, hide itself, monitor applications and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 31% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You can uninstall the program ClipMate 7 or ClipMate, update it, or ask Customer Support for help. Go to to update it, go to for support, or go to ClipMate 7 or ClipMate in Windows Control Panel (Software or Programs section) to uninstall it.

Recommended: Identify ClipMate.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as ClipMate.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the ClipMate.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


User Comments

Clipboard extender (keeps DB of Ctrl-C)
  HSH Associates   (further information)
I agree with The Office Manager's comments this is a Great tool.
  Malibu wild life  
Ich benutze ClipMate seit vielen Jahren. Sie können gleichzeitig oder nacheinander mehrere Kopien vornehmen. Diese entweder kurzeitg wieder abrufen oder längerfristig für späteren Gebrauch speichwern und nach Belieben, also auch nicht in einer vorgegeben en Reihenfolge wieder abrufen, d.h. einfügen.Für mich ist arbeit ohner Clipmate schon nicht mehr denkbar .
  Jörg RADEL  
It is a clipboard extender, and I have used it for years; it has proven quite useful.
  Richard   (further information)

Summary: Average user rating of ClipMate.exe: based on 4 votes with 4 user comments. 4 users think ClipMate.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application.

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Best practices for resolving ClipMate issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with ClipMate. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the 6resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the ClipMate.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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