What is floater.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 floater.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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Floater.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with floater
Floater.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Pivot Software Support DLL belongs to software Pivot Software or Pivot Sofware or Pivot Software Support DLL by Portrait Displays (

Description: Floater.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file floater.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" (e.g. C:\Program Files\WinPortrait\). Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 694,008 bytes (80% of all occurrences), 711,792 bytes, 707,184 bytes or 694,824 bytes. 
The program is not visible. The file has a digital signature. Floater.exe is not a Windows system file. Therefore the technical security rating is 32% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If there are any problems with floater.exe, you may also do the following:
  1) uninstall Pivot Software or Pivot Pro Plugin from your computer using the Control Panel applet Uninstall a Program
  2) go to the support area of the Portrait website.

Recommended: Identify floater.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as floater.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the floater.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

when it is running on a dell latitude D810 laptop, The computer hangs during shutdown, or restart.
Utility for switching protrait/landscape display mode
floater.exe ist ein Prozess, der WinPortrait Gelenk für Portrait aktivierte Monitoren gehört. Dieses Programm ist ein unwesentlicher Prozess, aber sollte nicht abgebrochen werden, es sei denn vermutet worden, Probleme zu verursachen.
is istalled with FujitzuSiemens TFT-Display
I get a lot if error reports on my computer
Floater.exe wurde als Bestandteil der TFT Software für einen ACER Monitor installiert. Das System kann sich unter ungünstigen Umständen aufhängen. Ist kein Virus oder Malware.
Detected by SpyZooka as Win32.trojan.clicker. Located in program files/portrait displays/perfect suite/APPS/. File size 738 KB. All other installed antivirus & anti-malware s/w does not detect this app as malware. Certain apps, especially antivirus s/w have been extremely slow to open since installing new video card, not sure if this has something to do with it. Have blocked internet access by app, since the Win32.trojan.clicker is known to open web pages without knowledge or concent of user, will monitor for effect, continue to research and update if I learn anything useful..
Mit Hilfe der Pivot® Pro-Software von Portrait Displays, Inc, können Benutzer mit drehbaren Monitoren mühelos und unmittelbar vom Querformat zum Hochformat und umgekehrt wechseln. wenn Sie keinen drehbaren Monitor besitzen, brauchen Sie FLOATER.EXE nicht
Es verlangsamt den PC bei etwas älteren Modellen. Und hängt sich auch ab und an mal auf, jedoch stürzt der PC nicht ganz ab.

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of floater.exe: based on 9 votes with 9 user comments. 2 users think floater.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 5 users think it's probably harmless. One user suspects danger. One user thinks floater.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving floater issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with floater. 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 floater.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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