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What is point32.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 point32.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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Point32.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with point32
Point32.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Microsoft IntelliPoint or Cursor features application file belongs to software Microsoft IntelliPoint or Microsoft Pointing Device Software or ZyGoVideo or foobar2000 or Starry Night Enthusiast or Strata RenderPro or www.microsoft.com/isapi/redi or Pinnacle MPEG Realtime Codec by Microsoft (www.microsoft.com).

Description: Point32.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Point32.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files"—e.g. C:\Program Files\Microsoft Hardware\Mouse\ or C:\Program Files\Microsoft IntelliPoint\. Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/XP are 176,128 bytes (44% of all occurrences), 204,800 bytes and 9 more variants. http://www.file.net/process/point32.exe.html 
Point32.exe is not a Windows system file. The program can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. The program has no visible window. The application is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Run). It is able to record keyboard inputs. Point32.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 57% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.
You can uninstall the program Microsoft IntelliPoint, update it, or ask Customer Support for help. Go to www.microsoft.com/hardware/en-us/downloads to update it, go to support.microsoft.com/kb/258785 for support, or go to Microsoft IntelliPoint in Windows Control Panel (Software or Programs section) to uninstall it.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as point32.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the point32.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.

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User Comments

Onc in awhile, take 99 percent of CPU and slows my machine to a crawl until I end the point32 process. No apparent ill effects in ending it, and I use a 3 button MS mouse.
  fire  
It causes shutdown to hang since I loaded the Intuos3 tablet
  Lars  
microsoft connect driver.exe
   
If you have a 3-button mouse (ie mouse with wheel) then this program seems to make no difference. Which basically makes it useless to me.
  drg  
Yeah I was pretty cautious with this file at the start because I had just gone through a bad case of spy-ware. A system restore after cleaning and other failed attempts seemed to fix the problem. Its just a driver i haven't seen before. Also if you have a type32.exe process running that is for you MS keyboard driver.
  Agent SmithAK  
it uses a driver trsdkd which causes shutdown to hang if you're running a personal firewall like ZoneAlarm.
  Techauthor  
It monitors keyboard input on my pc. This is not a needed funktion of a mouse driver
  matt  
needed to run MS mouse and keyboard special buttons
  LoRd  
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Summary: Average user rating of point32.exe: based on 40 votes with 9 reviews. 31 users think point32.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 3 users think it's probably harmless. 3 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users suspect danger. One user thinks point32.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it. 4 users don't grade point32.exe ("not sure about it").


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Best practices for resolving point32 issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with point32. 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 doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, 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 point32.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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