What is Receiver.exe?

The genuine Receiver.exe file is a software component of Citrix Receiver by Citrix.
Citrix Receiver is a client software that provides access to remote software, desktops and data. Receiver.exe runs the Citrix Receiver. This is not an essential process for Windows and can be disabled if known to create problems. Citrix Receiver client application is used in desktop or application virtualization. Receiver enables devices to connect to XenApp to access individual applications, or XenDesktop to access entire virtual desktop interfaces. This is not a standalone application and is shipped together with XenApp and XenDesktop. Receiver supports the Windows and Mac OS platforms. Citrix Systems, Inc. is an American company that develops software solutions in networking, application and desktop virtualization, server technology, cloud-based computing, and offers software as a service (SaaS). Citrix was established in 1989, originally as Citrus, by Ed Iacobucci, a former IBM developer. The company soon developed Citrix Multiuser, a port for OS/2, which used Independent Computing Architecture (ICA) that allowed multiple simultaneous users to access server applications, even from computers not built to run OS/2. Citrix currently employs 9,000 people and is headquartered in Santa Clara, California, USA.

Receiver stands for Citrix Receiver

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 Receiver.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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Receiver.exe file information

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

The process known as Citrix Receiver Application belongs to software Citrix Receiver Inside or TVeam or Citrix Receiver Updater or honestech One Touch DVD or Citrix Receiver(DV) by Citrix Systems (

Description: Receiver.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Receiver.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,144,704 bytes (30% of all occurrences), 1,374,112 bytes and 4 more variants. 
The file is not a Windows core file. It is a Verisign signed file. The file has a digital signature. The program has no visible window. The software can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. Receiver.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 15% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you are having problems with Receiver.exe, you may want to do the following:

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If Receiver.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder, the security rating is 60% dangerous. The file size is 1,534,997 bytes (60% of all occurrences) or 1,466,389 bytes. The file is a file with no information about its developer. The file is not a Windows core file. The program has no visible window. The program starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, MACHINE\User Shell Folders).

Uninstalling this variant: If you are having problems with Receiver.exe, you may want to do the following:

If Receiver.exe is located in a subfolder of Windows folder for temporary files, the security rating is 56% dangerous. The file size is 882,177 bytes. There is no description of the program. The program is not visible. It is not a Windows core file.

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

Citrix software facilitating access to cloud-based data and applications. Loads at startup; safe to cancel via Windows Task Manager if you're not running Citix apps.
  Craig   (further information)
receiver.exe can also be a harmless background process related to Netgear Digital Entertainer software.
  Marc van W  

Summary: Average user rating of Receiver.exe: based on 2 votes with 2 user comments. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving Receiver issues

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