What is gsw32.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 gsw32.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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Gsw32.exe file information

The process known as Graphics Server belongs to software Graphics Server by Bits Per Second.

Description: Gsw32.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Gsw32.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 423,016 bytes. 
There is an icon for this program on the taskbar next to the clock. The program has a visible window. The gsw32.exe file is not a Windows core file. The gsw32.exe file is a Verisign signed file. The file is digitally signed. Gsw32.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 0% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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If gsw32.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows, the security rating is 18% dangerous. The file size is 290,816 bytes. The program has a visible window. It is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. The gsw32.exe file is not a Windows system file.

Important: Some malware disguises itself as gsw32.exe, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the gsw32.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

Ghost Script Exe
This is Ghostscript, NOT Graphics Server, required to convert PostScript files to PDF for printing. See

Summary: Average user rating of gsw32.exe: based on 3 votes with 2 user comments. 2 users think gsw32.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless.

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Best practices for resolving gsw32 issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with gsw32. 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 gsw32.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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