What is FNPLicensingService.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 FNPLicensingService.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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FNPLicensingService.exe file information

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

The process known as Activation Licensing Service

belongs to software FLEXnet Publisher (version (32 bit)) or FlexNet Publisher (version (32 bit)) or Activation Licensing Service or IBM Software Package Installer or BlackBerry Desktop Software or BeyondTrust Privilege Manager or STS Open - Database drivers

by Macrovision Europe ( or Acresso Software ( or Flexera Software.

Description: FNPLicensingService.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file FNPLicensingService.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 654,848 bytes (80% of all occurrences), 651,720 bytes and 19 more variants. 
The program is not visible. It is not a Windows system file. Therefore the technical security rating is 39% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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If FNPLicensingService.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 56% dangerous. The file size is 8,704 bytes. The program has no file description. The program is not visible. FNPLicensingService.exe is not a Windows system file.

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as FNPLicensingService.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder, for example W32.Xpiro.F (detected by Symantec), and Virus:Win32/Expiro.CO (detected by Microsoft). Therefore, you should check the FNPLicensingService.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

Put it as Manual in Services instead of Automatic. It then starts as requested by Adobe software, but disappears after a while when no more Adobe products are used.
  Hans W√∂rzt  
Adobe uses this
needed to run Adobe CS3. CS3 Products will not run if disabled.
I just installed Solidworks CAD software and I'd guess that's what it is as SW is kinda pricey
Used by the Autodesk Revit licensing process
it is from ArcGIS software
Autodesk 3ds Max 2013 32-bit launches this
I do not trust anything that is so persistent. I deleted the registry keys. This made the service in the "Services" panel not be able to identify it thus unable to start. Afterward I deleted the folder on my drive and it stayed deleted. The program that I have that starts it gives me a small error when it opens and the option to continue. You try this at your own risk. ALways back up the Registry before messing with it. Or reinstall the program to refresh the keys if you get bad results. I do not use Adobe products. This is not on an Adobe product so your results may vary.
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of FNPLicensingService.exe: based on 52 votes with 9 reviews. 24 users think FNPLicensingService.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 5 users think it's probably harmless. 13 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 4 users suspect danger. 6 users think FNPLicensingService.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 8 users don't grade FNPLicensingService.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving FNPLicensingService issues

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