What is nistime-32bit.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 nistime-32bit.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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Nistime-32bit.exe file information

The process known as TCP/Daytime Client Program belongs to software NISTIME (version 32 -- 32-bit Daytime Client) by Natl. Inst.of Stand.and Tech.

Description: Nistime-32bit.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file nistime-32bit.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 266,843 bytes. 
The program has no visible window. The program starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: Shell Folders, DEFAULT\User Shell Folders). The file is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 60% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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If nistime-32bit.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's "Documents" folder, the security rating is 42% dangerous. The file size is 267,597 bytes. The program has no visible window. The nistime-32bit.exe file is not a Windows core file.

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as nistime-32bit.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the nistime-32bit.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

nistime-32bit.exe adjusts your computer's clock to the atomic clock at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Windows can also do this on a default schedule of once weekly (double-click the time in the notification area, or system tray, go into Internet Time tab). Frequency of Windows built-in clock adjustment is set by a registry value (see applicable Microsoft Support article). NIST also publishes a standalone nistime-32bit version that does not stay resident in memory; instead, the user runs the program manually whenever desired to update the computer’s clock.
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Summary: Average user rating of nistime-32bit.exe: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user thinks it's probably harmless.

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Best practices for resolving nistime-32bit issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with nistime-32bit. 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 nistime-32bit.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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