What is ImpulseNow.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 ImpulseNow.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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ImpulseNow.exe file information

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

The process known as Impulse Now or GameStop Now belongs to software Impulse or Demigod or Impulse Now by Stardock ( or GameStop.

Description: ImpulseNow.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file ImpulseNow.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 464,176 bytes (44% of all occurrences), 476,464 bytes, 471,040 bytes, 2,042,088 bytes or 458,752 bytes. 
The software starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: User Shell Folders). ImpulseNow.exe is not a Windows system file. The program is not visible. It is digitally signed. ImpulseNow.exe is able to monitor applications and record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 42% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If there are any problems with ImpulseNow.exe, you can uninstall the software Impulse or ImpulseĀ® using the Uninstall a Program function of Windows Control Panel (Windows: Start, Settings, Control Panel, Uninstall a Program).

Recommended: Identify ImpulseNow.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as ImpulseNow.exe. Therefore, you should check the ImpulseNow.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

ImpulseNow.exe is a game client like Steam
  Nico   (further information)
ImpulseNow is part of the game client formerly known as "Impulse", now branded as the "Game-Stop App". It is essential for users who choose to purchase their games through it's direct download feature. However, the program does collect quite large amounts of usage data from all activities conducted on the computer in which it is installed, and "phone's home" to Game Stop. In addition, it is exceedingly difficult to fully uninstall this program with either it's own uninstaller or the one native to windows. Any users concerned about system security or privacy should approach with great caution.
  Dic Entertainment  

Summary: Average user rating of ImpulseNow.exe: based on 2 votes with 2 user comments. One user thinks ImpulseNow.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks ImpulseNow.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving ImpulseNow issues

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