What is ngserver.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 ngserver.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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Ngserver.exe file information

The process known as Symantec Ghost Configuration Server belongs to software Symantec Ghost or Symantec Ghost Console and by Symantec New Zealand ( or Symantec (

Description: Ngserver.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The ngserver.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,040,650 bytes (50% of all occurrences), 927,368 bytes, 1,314,348 bytes or 697,496 bytes. 
The program has no visible window. The program can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. The ngserver.exe file is not a Windows system file. The software uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. The software starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). Ngserver.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and hide itself. Therefore the technical security rating is 44% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If problems with Symantec Ghost or Symantec Ghost Console and occur, you can also uninstall the software using the Uninstall a Program function of Windows Control Panel (Windows: Start, Settings, Control Panel, Uninstall a Program).

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

Desktop clint, for Ghost Enterprise backup software.
  Rob Jones   (further information)
Related to Symantec Norton Ghost Server. Sometimes gets hung up and eats 100% CPU. Required for Norton Ghost to work properly

Summary: Average user rating of ngserver.exe: based on 3 votes with 2 user comments. 3 users think ngserver.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application.

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Best practices for resolving ngserver issues

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