What is SnippingTool.exe?

The genuine SnippingTool.exe file is a software component of Microsoft Snipping Tool by Microsoft.
Preinstalled in all versions of Windows since Windows Vista, this application is a simple screenshot application. When used, it allows you to drag and select various parts of your screen and save the image to a file. This is a vast improvement on previous screenshot methods, primarily the PrintScreen key on the keyboard. Founded in 1975, Microsoft's flagship product is the Windows operating system, which is installed on over 90% of workstations worldwide.

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 SnippingTool.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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SnippingTool.exe file information

The process known as SnippingTool belongs to software Microsoft Snipping Tool or Erweiterungen für Microsoft by Microsoft (

Description: SnippingTool.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The SnippingTool.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 68,296 bytes (80% of all occurrences) or 68,312 bytes. 
The program has a visible window. The file has a digital signature. The program starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The SnippingTool.exe file is not a Windows system file. Therefore the technical security rating is 12% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If there are any problems with SnippingTool.exe, you can safely remove the program using the uninstall program of Microsoft Snipping Tool or Erweiterungen für Microsoft (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

Recommended: Identify SnippingTool.exe related errors

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

SnippingTool.exe is a process from SnippingTool by Microsoft Corporation and part of Besturingssysteem Microsoft Windows

Summary: Average user rating of SnippingTool.exe: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving SnippingTool issues

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