What is natspeak.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 natspeak.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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Natspeak.exe file information

The process known as Dragon NaturallySpeaking for Windows belongs to software Dragon NaturallySpeaking (version 9, 12) or Dragon SDK Client Edition (version 9) or Dragon SDK Server Edition (version 9) by Nuance Communications (

Description: Natspeak.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Natspeak.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 2,516,584 bytes (42% of all occurrences), 2,152,040 bytes, 5,003,664 bytes, 2,971,240 bytes or 4,999,568 bytes. 
It is not a Windows system file. The program can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. The file is a Verisign signed file. The file is digitally signed. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. Natspeak.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs, hide itself and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 15% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You can uninstall Dragon NaturallySpeaking 12 or Dragon NaturallySpeaking 9, or try to get help from the software vendor. Click on Dragon NaturallySpeaking 12 or Dragon NaturallySpeaking 9 in the Windows Control Panel (Software or Programs section) to uninstall it, or click on to visit the vendor's website.

Recommended: Identify natspeak.exe related errors

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

NaturallySpeaking its a auto typing program SAFE
  Mike Jimerson  
Dragon Naturally Speaking software
Very little except that I am a legitimate user and it is extremely useful, though I have some problems with W7
  Jon Richfield(jonrichfield  
part of dragon naturally speaking
Nothing except what I've read after Bing questions. It pops up as running with compatible with windows and says to disable compatibility. I don't want a full program to fix this, just want to make that darned message go away.

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

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Best practices for resolving natspeak issues

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