What is stickies.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 stickies.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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Stickies.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with stickies
Stickies.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Stickies (version 6.5a, 7.1e, 6.7a, 7.1a, 7.0a, 7.1b, 7.0b, 7.1d, 6.0c, 8.0a, 5.2a, 5.0a, 5.2b, 7.1c) belongs to software Stickies or Ulead VideoStudio (version 10) by Zhorn Software (

Description: Stickies.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file stickies.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of C:\ (normally C:\Program Files\Stickies\). Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,134,592 bytes (21% of all occurrences), 757,760 bytes and 13 more variants. 
The stickies.exe file is not a Windows system file. It is able to record keyboard inputs. The software starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: User Shell Folders, MACHINE\User Shell Folders, Run, DEFAULT\User Shell Folders). Stickies.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 74% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you have any problems with stickies.exe, you may want to uninstall the software Stickies or EPLAN License Client using the Uninstall a Program function of Windows Control Panel (Windows: Start, Settings, Control Panel, Uninstall a Program) or contact Customer Service.

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

electronic note-it stickies with note send and receive capability
Sticky note program. I'm the one who put it on my computer.
It asks Zone Alarm Pro for access as a server
Stickie program with chat capability
  Karen   (further information)
The listening on a port is a networking feature of the app, and can be switched off.
  Tom Revell   (further information)
Stickie program, user installed
i downloaded 'stickies' and it arrive with a little friend i could not open so i tried 'foolishly' coz i'm no expert! open on internet explorer.. my lap top suddenly was 'i assume' infected with multiple explorer screens that blocked every possible action.. i stopped the constant screen rotation by going into explorer defaults and reestablishing the proper page default.. but now my laptop is still not well and will need treatment with spy doctor i guess my advise dont even think about downloading!
  david spence  

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Summary: Average user rating of stickies.exe: based on 15 votes with 7 user comments. 7 users think stickies.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. 5 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger.

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Best practices for resolving stickies issues

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