What is NetworkLicenseServer.exe?

The genuine NetworkLicenseServer.exe file is a software component of ABBYY FineReader by ABBYY.
NetworkLicenseServer.exe is an executable file that belongs to ABBYY FineReader OCR, an optical character recognition software that converts printed text, PDF files and text from photographs to digital, editable formats. This is not a critical Windows component and should be removed if known to cause problems. ABBYY FineReader OCR is a text recognition software that converts printed characters into digital characters. The program helps eliminate retyping and reformatting. ABBYY FineReader OCR features one-click automated conversion and support for over 190 languages. The program supports the Windows and Mac OS platforms. ABBYY is a Russian software company that develops and markets optical character recognition, document capture and language software. The company was founded by David Yang in 1989 as BIT Software until it changed its name to ABBYY in 1997. The company has since acquired a worldwide reach with branches in four continents. Its International headquarters are in Moscow, Russia.

NetworkLicenseServer stands for ABBYY Network License Server

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 NetworkLicenseServer.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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NetworkLicenseServer.exe file information

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

The process known as ABBYY network license server or ABBYY Lingvo (version x5 Licencing Service) belongs to software ABBYY FineReader (version 9.0 Sprint, 9.0 Express Edition, 11 Corporate Edition) or ABBYY Screenshot Reader or ABBYY Lingvo (version x5) or C5500n (version C5800Ldn Series GDI) or ABBYY Licensing or Licensing by ABBYY ( or ABBYY (BIT Software) (

Description: NetworkLicenseServer.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file NetworkLicenseServer.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 759,048 bytes (59% of all occurrences), 660,768 bytes and 7 more variants. 
The program is not visible. The file is a Verisign signed file. NetworkLicenseServer.exe is certified by a trustworthy company. The NetworkLicenseServer.exe file is not a Windows system file. The program can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. Therefore the technical security rating is 11% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: If you run into problems with NetworkLicenseServer.exe, you can also uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program > ABBYY FineReader 9.0 Sprint or ABBYY FineReader), use the software publisher’s support or search for an update on the vendor’s website.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as NetworkLicenseServer.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the NetworkLicenseServer.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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Best practices for resolving NetworkLicenseServer issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with NetworkLicenseServer. 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 repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, 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 NetworkLicenseServer.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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