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What is locator.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 locator.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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Locator.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with locator
Locator.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Rpc Locator or Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Locator belongs to software Microsoft Windows Operating System or Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Locator by Microsoft (www.microsoft.com).

Description: Locator.exe is an important part of Windows, but often causes problems. Locator.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/XP are 75,264 bytes (87% of all occurrences), 68,608 bytes and 5 more variants. http://www.file.net/process/locator.exe.html 
It is a Windows core system file. The program is not visible. The file is a trustworthy file from Microsoft. Therefore the technical security rating is 5% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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

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User Comments

gonna turn it off
  aars  
Microsoft Locator
   
needed system file
  Jeff  
I terminate this process when playing online games. Doesn't seem to have any adverse effects on system operation when it's turned off.
  Leadraft  
Locator.exe is the remote procedure call locator service and is essential for the smooth running of Microsoft Windows. This process maintains a database of publicly declared procedures. This program is important for the stable and secure running of your computer and should not be terminated.
  ighon  
Disabling this service might cause your printer driver installations (and possibly other drivers aswell) to FAIL with an RPC error. Considering the service's minor memory requirements (2,5 megs), leave it running and save yourself the trouble later.
  dpanter  
if in the right place, then ok.
  chali   (further information)
Replicates information across the internet as a response to a registry entry added by a remote location with Admin equivalent status to ANY program on your PC. Adds registry keys. Decreases bandwidth session capabilities. Adware/Spyware capable.
   
If you dont like it stop this service an disable it.Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Locator
  Any Name u want to call me  
Agree with Pit, everything runs just fine without it.
  Reika  
It redirects your browser .Beware. Very Dangerous.
  pop  
I agree that this is a file / service for the remote procesure call built into windows, however I noticed the proccess only after installing clearwire. I removed the software but it still stays enabled. if this process is terminated, my computer runs just fine but with network utilization dropping from 15% to 3% without any network dependant apps running. This tells me it is doing something that pulls or sends information over the network. Spyware/Malware have also been known to use the same name so be cautious and research before removing but removing/deleting could be an option if suspected.
  Jason Inmon - archexe  
Locator.exe is the remote procedure call locator service and is essential for the smooth running of Microsoft Windows. This process maintains a database of publicly declared procedures. This program is important for the stable and secure running of your computer and should not be terminated.
  Himanshu  
I turn if off on XP Home Ed. - No problems noted.
  Tjjjc2  

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of locator.exe: based on 17 votes with 14 user comments. 6 users think locator.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 6 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users suspect danger. 3 users think locator.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 5 users don't grade locator.exe ("not sure about it").


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Best practices for resolving locator issues

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