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What is notepad.exe?

Notepad.exe is a executable file (a program) within Windows. The filename extension .exe denotes an executable file. You should only run executable files from publishers you trust, because executable files can potentially change your computer settings or harm your computer. The free file information forum can help you determine if notepad.exe is a virus, trojan, spyware, or adware that you can remove, or a file belonging to a Windows system or to an application you can trust.

Notepad.exe file information

The process known as Network Manager or Editor belongs to software Microsoft Windows Operating System or network or Outerinfo or Betriebssystem Microsoft Windows by Microsoft (www.microsoft.com) or It'sDone.

Description: The original notepad.exe is an important part of Windows and rarely causes problems. notepad.exe is located in the folder C:\Windows\System32 or sometimes in the folder C:\Windows. Known file sizes on Windows 7/XP are 69,120 bytes (46% of all occurrences), 70,144 bytes and 16 more variants. http://www.file.net/process/notepad.exe.html 
The program has a visible window. The notepad.exe file is a trustworthy file from Microsoft. Therefore the technical security rating is 6% dangerous, however also read the users reviews.
If you want to remove the program completely, go to Control Panel ⇒ Software ⇒ Dell Support Center or HijackThis.

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If notepad.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows, the security rating is 34% dangerous. The file size is 179,712 bytes (61% of all occurrences), 38,649 bytes, 190,714 bytes or 86,528 bytes. Notepad.exe is a trustworthy file from Microsoft. Notepad.exe is able to monitor applications and hide itself.

If notepad.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Documents and Settings", the security rating is 39% dangerous. The file size is 47,645 bytes (50% of all occurrences) or 318,961 bytes. Notepad.exe is not a Windows system file. notepad.exe seems to be a compressed file.

If notepad.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 60% dangerous. The file size is 804,864 bytes.

If notepad.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows\System32, the security rating is 46% dangerous. The file size is 70,144 bytes.

External information from Paul Collins:
There are different files with the same name:

  • "(Default)" definitely not required. Added by the RUSTY WORM! Note - not to be confused with the valid Windows "NOTEPAD" text editor
  • "Notepad lptt01" definitely not required. Variant of the RapidBlaster parasite (in a "nvd32" folder in Program Files). It is not recommended you manually uninstall RapidBlaster but use RapidBlaster Killer - see here. Note - this is not Windows Notepad which has the same executable name

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as notepad.exe, for example TROJ_XTREME.SMUS or WORM_SDBOT.FJS (detected by TrendMicro), and Worm:Win32/Rebhip.A or Backdoor:Win32/Xtrat.A (detected by Microsoft). Therefore, you should check the notepad.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

your default windows notepad text editor
Basic wordpad.
It's Microsoft Notepad
MS text editot
Windows Notepad
A simple wordpad. Easy to use, surprisingly good for quick notes. Takes up next to nothing in the form of memory.
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Basic text editor
in 64xbit versions of Win7 also appearing in syswow64

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of notepad.exe: based on 17 votes with 11 user comments.
14 users think notepad.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user thinks notepad.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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