What is PrintScreen.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 PrintScreen.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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PrintScreen.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with PrintScreen
PrintScreen.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Gadwin PrintScreen or PrintScreen captures the contents of the screen with a single keystroke belongs to software Gadwin PrintScreen by Gadwin Systems (

Description: PrintScreen.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The PrintScreen.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 495,616 bytes (37% of all occurrences), 487,424 bytes, 1,842,384 bytes, 1,073,152 bytes or 493,776 bytes. 
The PrintScreen.exe file is not a Windows system file. The program has no visible window. The process is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: Run). PrintScreen.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 43% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You can uninstall Gadwin PrintScreen, update it, or get help from the software vendor. Click on to update it, click on for support, or click on Gadwin PrintScreen in Windows Control Panel (Software or Programs category) to uninstall it.

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

Fine software for "picture screen grabing" (freeware). Gotta have it!
Not dangerous at all. Cool soft !
  Ces (SPAIN )  
Useful screen capture program.
  PeterWoodx   (further information)
Simply put, it's one of the best computer feature one can imagine!
  Flamarion Almeida  
Using it several years to save paper recording the secreen isntead to print it
  Alberto Donoso  
Takes screenshots of your desktop, I assume it's safe but I run it sandboxed and not allowed to access the internet.

Summary: Average user rating of PrintScreen.exe: based on 5 votes with 6 user comments. 3 users think PrintScreen.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving PrintScreen issues

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