What is rotatelogs.exe?

The genuine rotatelogs.exe file is a software component of Apache HTTP Server by Apache Software Foundation.
Rotatelogs.exe is an executable file that belongs to the Apache HTTP Server, a open-source implementation of a Web Server. This is not an essential Windows process and can be disabled if known to create problems. The Apache HTTP Server was created to fulfil the role of a free web server software that could be modified and developed by anyone wishing to do so. The program is based on the NCSA HTTPd server which was based on the CERN httpd, the first ever web server software originally developed by Tim Berners-Lee, Ari Luotonen and Henrik Frystyk Nielsen at CERN laboratories. Apache has gone on to serve half of all online websites and is a great example of open-sourced software being a building-block for the growth of the Internet and the online community. The Apache Software Foundation was founded by the Apache Group in June 1999. It is an American non-profit organisation that supports Apache software projects. The organisation currently provides support for the Apache Community that develops open-source software created solely for the benefit of the public.

Rotatelogs stands for Rotatelogs Utility

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 rotatelogs.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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Rotatelogs.exe file information

The process known as rotatelogs Utility belongs to software Apache HTTP Server or HP System Management Homepage or HPInsightDiagnostics by Apache Software Foundation (

Description: Rotatelogs.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Rotatelogs.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 41,027 bytes (70% of all occurrences), 45,056 bytes or 24,576 bytes. 
The program is not visible. Rotatelogs.exe is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 36% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you experience any issues with installation of rotatelogs.exe, you may also uninstall HP System Management Homepage or HPInsightDiagnostics software via Windows Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 10/8/7) or visit the website.

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If rotatelogs.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files", the security rating is 42% dangerous. The file size is 41,033 bytes. The program has no visible window. It is not a Windows core file.

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

Part of Network Magic, but there are multiple instances of this in memory. Dunno why.
  Dave D   (further information)
appears to be created by Network Magic's Network Reports & is not removed when feature turned off
gehört zu Apache HTTP Server
  sko   (further information)
Logging Tool für Apache Webserver ( 2.0) unter Windows Betriebssysteme.
  subpop   (further information)
Executable used to handle log file rotation when running an Apache server. Harmless, useful.
  Webmaster_Guy   (further information)

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Summary: Average user rating of rotatelogs.exe: based on 6 votes with 5 user comments. 2 users think rotatelogs.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user thinks rotatelogs.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving rotatelogs issues

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