What is InstantAccess.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 InstantAccess.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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InstantAccess.exe file information

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

The process known as InstantAccess application belongs to software TextBridge Pro (version 98) or TextBridge Classic or TextBridge Pro Millennium or PaperPort by Scansoft (

Description: InstantAccess.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file InstantAccess.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" (generally C:\Program Files\textbridge classic 2.0\bin\). Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 37,376 bytes (44% of all occurrences), 31,744 bytes and 4 more variants. 
It is not a Windows core file. The software starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The program is not visible. There is no information about the author of the file. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 86% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You have the option to uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program > TextBridge Pro or TextBridge Classic), ask the developer, Nuance, for assistance or make sure that you have installed the latest version.

Recommended: Identify InstantAccess.exe related errors

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

it shows as a high risk
OCR program resident of TextBridge Pro -
Connected with the OCR software for the scanner Made for Win 95 & 98 not XP
  Tim Coyle  
text bridge file
  Sharon   (further information)
Bundled with many scanners. Program is useful
OCR program resident of TextBridge Pro
Works with my Artec Scanner
It belongs to the lifetac scanner

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Summary: Average user rating of InstantAccess.exe: based on 14 votes with 8 user comments. 12 users think InstantAccess.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving InstantAccess issues

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