What is listener.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 listener.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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Listener.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with listener
Listener.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as VaioCare Window Listener Application or Intel Window Listener Application or Camera detection stub belongs to software VaioCare Sample Collector Service or Intel Sample Collector Service or KODAK Share Button App by Sony of America ( or Intel ( or Eastman Kodak Company (

Description: Listener.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Listener.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/XP are 75,776 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 77,824 bytes and 6 more variants. 
The program is not visible. The file is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 36% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.
If you still experience problems with listener.exe, you can do the following:

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

Part of the KODAK Share Button App
  James Taylor  
Part of KODAK Share Button App. Turn off in Task Manager and remove from Start Menu.
Santander SuperCash - Helper process
Specifi to VAIO install. I dielsike it and quarantine it; could be harmelss and part of the tunning for dummy.
Part of Sony's VAIO Care Performance Service
  jtmanges   (further information)
It was installed by Kodak easy share. I consider it non-essential because you get better performance using a simple SD Card to USB Drive converter. It's just one of those useless programs that pretend to be convenient but eat up system resources continuously. The "Easy Share" software itself just adds a layer of complexity to extracting files from your camera preventing the user from seeing the file list directly. I uninstalled this software and see an overall improvement both in my computer and in the extraction of images.
is part of the Kodak share button app

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of listener.exe: based on 7 votes with 7 user comments. 2 users think listener.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 3 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user thinks listener.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving listener issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with listener. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic 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 resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, executing the DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the listener.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security 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. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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