What is fraps.exe?

The genuine fraps.exe file is a software component of FRAPS by Beepa P/L.
Fraps.exe is an executable file that is part of Fraps, a benchmarking tool for Windows. This file is not a critical Windows component and can be removed if known to create problems. Fraps provides tools for screen capture and screen recording. It can capture from software that uses DirectX and OpenGL, such as PC games. It is free to use for clocking the frame rate and benchmarking but video and screen capture require a licensed copy. Fraps provides high quality video capturing and the currently highest supported resolution is currently 7680×4800. Fraps was first released in 2012.

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 fraps.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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Fraps.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with fraps
Fraps.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Fraps belongs to software FRAPS or WinRAR archiver by Beepa P/L (

Description: Fraps.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file fraps.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\ or sometimes in a subfolder of the user's "Documents" folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 2,671,376 bytes (19% of all occurrences), 2,547,384 bytes and 16 more variants. 
It is a file with no information about its developer. The file is not a Windows system file. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. The file is a Verisign signed file. It is certified by a trustworthy company. Fraps.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs, hide itself and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 48% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In the event of any problems with fraps.exe, you may want to do the following:
  1) uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program > Fraps)
  2) visit the website.

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External information from Paul Collins:

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

Video caputer software for use with games. (Make your own trailers)
  Adam W   (further information)
This is a program used for capturing screenshots and video whilst in full screen directx games.
  FlameBoy   (further information)
it isn't dangerous it's a prog. that shows you how much fraps you have in a game or vid
  infinity   (further information)
It's a program to record movies in 3d-applications
  Hendrik Nijmeijer   (further information)
Its a good program, but it wont go away after uninstall!!!! rebooted and reinstalled but still there again!!
  DJPhilluk   (further information)
It's a video capture program. Totally harmless.
  Paul J  
video capture program
Die Freeware davon läst einträge in der Windowsregistry und verhindert damit das gecrackte versionen von Fraps installiert und benutzt werden - The Freeware leaves entries in the windows registry and prevent thereby that the user install cracked versions.
  Dennis M   (further information)
At DJPhilluk: You phail. This program is made of win. *points to below comments with the exception of DJPilluk's and infinity's*
  I Are Person  
Completely Harmless! Fraps is used to show Frames per Second in 3D Games. Very Handy!!!
there are viruses disguised as it running around though
It's a video capturing program. It's as harmful as regedit :D have fun making gameplay videos :3
  sandvich is delicious  

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of fraps.exe: based on 16 votes with 12 user comments. 10 users think fraps.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 3 users think it's probably harmless. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. 2 users don't grade fraps.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving fraps issues

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