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 known as printer or AntiVirus (version 2007 Pro) belongs to software Anvivirus Application by Microsoft Co (

Description: Printer.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Printer.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 7,680 bytes (69% of all occurrences), 16,896 bytes and 4 more variants. 
It is not a Windows system file. The software is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: Winlogon\Shell, MACHINE\Run). There is no description of the program. It is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. The program is not visible. Therefore the technical security rating is 63% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

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If printer.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 56% dangerous. The file size is 28,672 bytes. The process has no file description. The program has no visible window. The file is not a Windows core file.

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as printer.exe, for example Trojan Horse or Downloader.MisleadApp (detected by Symantec), and WORM_NUCRP.GEN or Mal_Nucrp-7 (detected by TrendMicro). 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 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 printer.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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