What is Narrator.exe?

The genuine Narrator.exe file is a software component of Microsoft Windows Operating System by Microsoft.
Included with Windows XP, Narrator.exe starts with Windows unless disabled, and is responsible for converting text to speech. Users have reported issues with disabling Narrator once it has been activated, and it can sometimes take up an inordinate amount of system resources. If Narrator is disabled, text to speech functionality will cease.

Narrator stands for Microsoft Narrator

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 Narrator.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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Narrator.exe file information

The process known as Screen Reader belongs to software Narrator or Microsoft Windows Operating System by Microsoft (

Description: Narrator.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Narrator.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 2,793,472 bytes. 
The program has a visible window. It is a file with no information about its developer. It is not a Windows system file. Narrator.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 9% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

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If Narrator.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder, the security rating is 0% dangerous. The file size is 314,880 bytes. The file is a Windows core system file. The program has a visible window. The file is a trustworthy file from Microsoft. Narrator.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications.

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

das is die windows sprachausgabe für analphabeten (datt prog liest dir die texte auf den bildschirm vor)
Ist von Microsoft
  Markus :)   (further information)
Microsoft Narrator - text to speech

Summary: Average user rating of Narrator.exe: based on 5 votes with 3 user comments. One user thinks Narrator.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 3 users think it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users don't grade Narrator.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving Narrator issues

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