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Is point32.exe safe?

Point32.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 point32.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.

Point32.exe file information

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 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 Add\Remove programs applet. The program has no visible window. The application is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run). It is able to record keyboard inputs. Point32.exe is able to record inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 57% dangerous, however also read the users 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.

Recommended: Identify point32.exe related errors

External information from Paul Collins:

  • "IntelliPoint" can run at start up. Microsoft Intellipoint software for their Intellimouse series of mice - required if you use non-standard Windows driver features

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.


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.
It causes shutdown to hang since I loaded the Intuos3 tablet
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.
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.
It monitors keyboard input on my pc. This is not a needed funktion of a mouse driver
needed to run MS mouse and keyboard special buttons
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Rating chart

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 recommend removing it. 4 users don't grade point32.exe ("not sure about it").

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