What is ns.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 ns.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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Ns.exe file information

The process known as Norton Security or Install belongs to software Norton Security or Install by Symantec ( or Scarface-.

Description: Ns.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The ns.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 282,016 bytes (92% of all occurrences), 282,528 bytes or 282,568 bytes. 
The ns.exe file is a Verisign signed file. The file is digitally signed. It is not a Windows system file. The program has no visible window. Some people think it is dangerous. Therefore the technical security rating is 44% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In case of any problems with ns.exe, you may want to do the following:

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If ns.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder, the security rating is 64% dangerous. The file size is 65,537 bytes. There is no information about the author of the file. Ns.exe is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. The program is not visible. The software starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). It is not a Windows system file.

External information from Paul Collins:

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as ns.exe. Therefore, you should check the ns.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

This is malware
NS.exe kann auch ein Update von norton security sein.Also vorher mal schauen was dort aktiv ist.
NS.exe is Norton Security. In windows 8.1 Open Task Manager, then open the (Resource Monitor). Under the overview tab, you will see the process NS.exe, select it (check it on the right side) so it remains on top of the list. To the left of the overview tab, you will find another tab named (Description), you will see the name of the program to whom the NS.exe file belongs to. You can do this for most processes you are trying to identify. If you can not find it there... WORRY! And do lots of research on it before you decide to take any action that might involve removal of the file. You might render your OS from booting.
  Joe Rojas (KoalaJoe)  

Summary: Average user rating of ns.exe: based on 3 votes with 3 user comments. One user thinks ns.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user thinks ns.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving ns issues

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