What is PrtScr.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 PrtScr.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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PrtScr.exe file information

The process known as PrtScr belongs to software PrtScr by FireStarter.

Description: PrtScr.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. PrtScr.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 1,700,864 bytes. 
The process can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. The PrtScr.exe file is not a Windows core file. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. The program is not visible. The program starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: Run). PrtScr.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 44% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you still experience problems with PrtScr.exe, you can uninstall the software PrtScr using the Uninstall a Program function of Windows Control Panel (Windows: Start, Settings, Control Panel, Uninstall a Program).

Recommended: Identify PrtScr.exe related errors

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

Windows 10 stupidly saves to OneDrive by default. Installing a screen capture program eg Postimage does not change this default. There is NO program listed or searchable in Control Panel / Apps. So I cannot uninstall W10 PrtScr! Or replace it. So your article is out of date and irrelevant for W10.

Summary: Average user rating of PrtScr.exe: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user thinks it's probably harmless.

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Best practices for resolving PrtScr issues

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