What is Printer.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 Printer.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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Printer.exe file information

The process printer or PW has no valid information about its manufacturer.

Description: Printer.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Printer.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 28,672 bytes (77% of all occurrences), 53,248 bytes or 36,864 bytes. 
The process has no file description. The program has no visible window. It is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 56% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

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If Printer.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder, the security rating is 38% dangerous. The file size is 7,680 bytes (40% of all occurrences), 77,824 bytes or 9,728 bytes. It is not a Windows core file. The program starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Winlogon\Shell). The software has no file description. The program has a visible window.

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as Printer.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder, for example Trojan:Win32/Wantvi.K or Trojan:Win32/Wantvi.B (detected by Microsoft), and Trojan.Win32.Qhost.aes or (detected by Kaspersky). Therefore, you should check the Printer.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

Nachtrag: Trojanerdaten: Version 1,0,0,1, MFC; interner Name Printers, Copyr 1999. Ist in einem anderen XP jedoch nicht vorhanden. Die Ursache dazu kann ich jedoch nicht angeben.
  Johann Scheitl  
when found in loose in drive directory, VB.Worm Detected by Kaspersky, missed by Vipre.
  John McCormack  

Summary: Average user rating of Printer.exe: based on 3 votes with 2 user comments. 2 users think Printer.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks Printer.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving Printer issues

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