What is scrncap.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 scrncap.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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Scrncap.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with scrncap
Scrncap.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Intel® Rapid Start Technology service helper program to access user session data belongs to software Intel® Rapid Start Technology service user accessor by Intel (

Description: Scrncap.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The scrncap.exe file is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows or sometimes in a subfolder of the user's profile folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 262,144 bytes (90% of all occurrences), 252,928 bytes, 256,512 bytes or 218,624 bytes. 
The scrncap.exe file is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The program has no visible window. Scrncap.exe is not a Windows system file. There is no information about the author of the file. Therefore the technical security rating is 81% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Recommended: Identify scrncap.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as scrncap.exe. Therefore, you should check the scrncap.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

Intel Rapid Start Makes PC turn on faster with SSDs I get 7 seconds as opposed to 20 with it disabled
It's an Intel app, but it's really not the kind of software that should be running if you didn't explicitly authorise it, it could potentially be used to steal identity, CC info etc. Ignore Jake, disable all of the Intel junk from running. Do you want *unknown* capturing your screen? Reduce your malware attack footprint by disabling software YOU don't use.
  A.Smith 000   (further information)

Summary: Average user rating of scrncap.exe: based on 2 votes with 2 user comments. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user suspects danger.

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Best practices for resolving scrncap issues

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