What is type32.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 type32.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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Type32.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with type32
Type32.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Microsoft IntelliType Pro or gcServ belongs to software Microsoft IntelliType Pro or DirectFire Package or gcServ by Microsoft (

Description: Type32.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file type32.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" (common is C:\Program Files\Microsoft IntelliType Pro\ or C:\Program Files\Microsoft Hardware\Keyboard\). Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 172,032 bytes (51% of all occurrences), 94,208 bytes and 4 more variants. 
The file is not a Windows core file. The program is not visible. The application starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The software can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. Therefore the technical security rating is 35% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In the event of any problems with type32.exe, you can uninstall Microsoft IntelliType Pro or DirectFire Package software via Windows Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 10/8/7).

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If type32.exe is located in the C:\Windows folder, the security rating is 80% dangerous. The file size is 156,672 bytes. There is no description of the program. The program is not visible. It is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. The software starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The file is not a Windows system file. Type32.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs.

If type32.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder, the security rating is 76% dangerous. The file size is 311,296 bytes. The program is not visible. It is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. The software is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). It is not a Windows system file. The process uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. Type32.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and manipulate other programs.

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There are different files with the same name:

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as type32.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder, for example Trojan.Keylogger.AFB (detected by BitDefender), and Backdoor.Win32.VB.avd or Heur.Trojan.Generic (detected by Kaspersky). Therefore, you should check the type32.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

it comes with the wireless keyboard
  PersonWhoThinksThisIsn'tAVirus   (further information)
its is a proccess for ms keyboards as mentioned above "and really you would have to be a fool to listen to someone called pimp nigga killa 69" the name itself shows lack of intelligence,not to mention narrow minded racism.
Microsoft Keyboard Drivers and extra button Support.
this is a new type of underground virus microsoft has developed that send information about yourselfe constinately back to them and slow ur computer to a crawl. click ctrl, alt, delete and go to prosesses and close it
  pimp nigga killa69  
installed with MS Keaboards to facilitate additional; functionality keys and alow key bindings
  Trog Star  
Customizeable keyboard shortcut support
  North Bus  
intelitype extra button support
Associated with MS intellitype software
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of type32.exe: based on 23 votes with 9 reviews. 17 users think type32.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 suspects danger. 2 users think type32.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving type32 issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with type32. 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 type32.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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