What is node.exe?

The genuine node.exe file is a software component of Node.js by Joyent, Inc..
“Node.exe” is a downloadable binary executable of Joyent, Inc.’s Node.js, a “runtime” providing and governing I/O, including disk access, within which V8 JavaScript applications execute. It provides very rapid execution of JavaScript apps on servers accessed by large numbers of mobile devices and powers many of today’s web, mobile, and IoT apps. It usually installs in “C:\Program Files” or “C:\Program Files (x86)”. To uninstall Node.js, use Uninstall from “Programs and Features” and then find where Nodejs and “npm-cache” reside and delete those folders. Joyent, Inc., a fast-growing San Francisco firm pioneering public and enterprise production cloud computing services, was acquired in June 2016 by Samsung who also became their largest cloud customer. The Nodejs Foundation was formed a year earlier to provide oversight for the Nodejs open-source project.

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 node.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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Node.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with node
Node.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Evented I/O for (version V8 JavaScript) or Node.js: Server-side JavaScript

belongs to software Node.js or BT Desktop Help or ATT Management Agent or AT&T Troubleshoot & Resolve or Adobe Photoshop (version CS6, CC 2015) or Adobe Extension Manager CC or Bell Internet Check-Up or Adobe Photoshop CC or Telstra Broadband Assistant or Adobe InDesign (version CC 2015, CS5) or Popcorn Time or Prey Anti-Theft or Windstream Support Center or Windstream Setup Assistant or Adobe CS6 Design and Web Premium or Adobe Dreamweaver (version CS6)

by Joyent or Node.js.

Description: Node.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Node.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 5,529,472 bytes (29% of all occurrences), 5,755,392 bytes and 16 more variants. 
The program is not visible. It is not a Windows core file. Node.exe is certified by a trustworthy company. The software uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. Node.exe is able to monitor applications and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 46% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you run into problems with node.exe, you may also do the following:

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

There'll be one of these processes running for each camera you've got connected to an i-Catcher security system. Expect it to use a lot of processor time, but if you've got several cameras you probably know that already :-)
  Chris   (further information)
node.exe could a virus that hijack your Internet browser by changing the proxy setting in IE, Chrome or Firefox. Look for it under C:\Program Files (x86)\CommonFiles\Diagnostics\node\node.exe there are other files in there delete the whole directory, reset the proxy setting in your internet browser and run an antivrus like Avast and antimalware like Malwarebytes, that should clean it.
  Ray Hack  
I have this process running when a program called Brackets is free its a text editor made by adobe
  John Jones   (further information)
It can also be installed by Adobe's Creative Cloud. Not sure what to do with it, but I thought I'd put this out there for anyone who might not know.
I think it's exe of Superfetch service and it should be given a chance though it looks like hogs memory or CPU, but that's not for nothing I hope
  Sinisa Majetic  
prey software to trace stolen laptop uses node.exe on 6 november its giving high cpu use for some reason so i use process lasso to try make pc work smoother
  dave s  
As said by Duncan, also used by Adobe's Creative Cloud. I have two processes running and both are related to Adobe.
It's from Adobe's Creative Cloud, located in C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Adobe Creative Cloud\CCLibrary\libs It uses 150 MB from RAM and often up to 30-40 % of CPU - no Adobe-Programm is active. Don't know for what this exe is.
Okey FreeDom VPN
it from (Prey) aplication from security and ubication
  jose   (further information)
It's installed with Adobe CC, is hogging my CPU for no apparent reason, very, very irritating.
  Irritated Joe  
It can come from Photoshop CC or greater.
  Kenneth Rhodes (  
I found it using 100% of my dial up bandwith in both transmit and receive direction. Slowed down the computer to much slower than normal, which is already slow with dial up. I renamed it over a week ago. The data transfer has stopped and the computer runs better. No other results.
Used by Prey Project (used to recover device if stolen)
    (further information)
Comes inside of the DRIVERPACK DVD. the driverpack is know to install all kinds of adware and backdors disguised as extra legit apps. i don't know what does node.exe does in all of these. antivirus didnt detect malware.
  Roberto Sanchez V.   (further information)
I don't see it running in task mgr. Windows 10 pro 1511. Defender says it is clean. The file is hanging out in my user/appdata folder. I think it is harmless and that the danger depends on which application needs this resource. Removing it could cause an application to crash.
Installed by Adobe Creative Cloud. It is essential for that program to function. It is NOT harmful. That being said, it is a resource hog. Not too happy about that, but what else do you expect from Adobe.
  Tom   (further information)
Started after a Creative Cloud install
I also had excessive CPU usage from Node.exe. A sub process Node.exec something Java server something was executing every 2-3 seconds very, very quickly to fast to end process in system manager. I looked in the Prey folder and there no programs only a config and backup files. Prey couldn't find my device. I re-installed Prey and all was fine.
  Steve Jeffery  
I just spend an afternoon figuring this out after I ran the Prey uninstall, only to find out it never worked. I manually removed Prey and all versions and my system is back to normal.
  Dennis Semirg  
For me, it was located at C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CC 2015.5\ It used a lot of cpu time, and relaunched when finish the process in task manager. It was needed to delete the file quickly until it relaunches. Dr. Web didn't recognized it as a virus.
Installed without user permission by Adobe into Program Files. Neither dangerous nor essential, especially if consuming system resources when not running an Adobe product.

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of node.exe: based on 18 votes with 22 user comments. 4 users think node.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 5 users think it's probably harmless. 4 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users suspect danger. 3 users think node.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 5 users don't grade node.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving node issues

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