What is paltalk.exe?

The genuine paltalk.exe file is a software component of Paltalk by AVM Software.
Paltalk.exe is an executable file that runs the Paltalk application, an Instant Messenger that allows users to communicate with each other through video, internet chat and voice. This is not an essential Windows process and can be disabled if known to create problems. Paltalk was first released in June 1998. It is offered in three formats: Paltalk Messenger, Paltalk Mobile (for iOS and Android users), and Paltalk Express (a Flash version of the software available for non-Windows users). Paltalk features support for chatrooms that can host thousands of users in a single chatroom. By 2013, Paltalk had acquired more than 5.5 million users and has been listed as one of the most popular apps for chat in the Google Chrome App Store. AVM Software was founded by Jason Katz in 1998 and is based in Jericho, New York. The company primarily develops and markets video and chat technology through its flagship product, Paltalk.

Paltalk stands for Paltalk Instant Messenger

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 paltalk.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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Paltalk.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with paltalk
Paltalk.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Paltalk Messenger or PaltalkScene belongs to software Paltalk Messenger or PaltalkScene or by AVM Software (

Description: Paltalk.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Paltalk.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 13,179,660 bytes (13% of all occurrences), 11,552,768 bytes and 25 more variants. 
The file is not a Windows system file. The file has a digital signature. Paltalk.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 44% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In case you experience problems using paltalk.exe, you may also do the following:
  • contact Customer Service [1][2]
  • find out if there is a newer version available
  • uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program > Paltalk Messenger or PaltalkScene)

Recommended: Identify paltalk.exe related errors

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

Instant Messenger with Audio and Video support
  David Hewett   (further information)
Some ports are not published by Operator i.e 10297 which is not listed by them all other ports are !
  cyberblob   (further information)
it is a chat service and its nothing to do with windows
  paltalk user   (further information)
Paltalk is a chat software such a yahoo or msn. Someone installed this software onto your computer.
  Ana (inJanuary via paltalk)   (further information)
Paltalk is a video group chat service that enables users to communicate via video, internet chat and voice.[1] It offers chat rooms and the ability for users to create their own public virtual chat room. Paltalk is available in three formats: Paltalk Messenger, the regular version most users use, Paltalk Mobile, (iPhone, Android) the phone version, and Paltalk Express which is a Flash version of the software targeted at non-Windows users. It is proprietary software. While basic services are free of charge and basic software is free to download, fee-based memberships and payable upgrades to more capable paid versions are offered by AVM Software, the creators of Paltalk.
  George   (further information)
Das interaktive Kommunikationsprogramm Paltalk läuft über einen Proxy-Server und es ist daher für Hacker nahezu unmöglich auf die jeweilige User-IP zu kommen, da der mögliche Hacker nur die proxy-IP von Paltalk erhalten würde. Also schon mal ein Sicherheitsvorsprung gegenüber anderen ähnlichen Programmen. Paltalk hat einen "Zähl-bug" zumal in der kostenlosen version auch Werbung abläuft und jeder Klick darauf von Paltalk gezählt werden muss, dies um mit den Werbepartnern abrechnen zu können. Nichts ungewöhnliches, normal und insofern harmlos für die User da keine weiteren Daten damit übertragen werden und die Klicks auf Werbung anonym bleiben. Allerdings empfiehlt es sich wirklich zu überlegen ob man auch auf Werbung klicken mag, zumal es sich bei den Werbungen um eigenständige und nicht Paltalk-eigene Server handelt. Das Programm mit paltalk.exe kann auch in Deutsch heruntergeladen werden. Hilferäume stehen im installierten Programm ebenfalls in Deutsch zur Verfügung. Ich benütze es seit 1998 und hatte nie Sicherheitsprobleme.
  Sonny Bavaria   (further information)

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of paltalk.exe: based on 7 votes with 7 user comments. 3 users think paltalk.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 3 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving paltalk issues

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