What is wordpad.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 wordpad.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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Wordpad.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with wordpad
Wordpad.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Windows Wordpad Application or WordPad MFC Application belongs to software Microsoft Windows Operating System or wordpad by Microsoft (

Description: The original wordpad.exe is an important part of Windows and rarely causes problems. The file wordpad.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 4,247,040 bytes (22% of all occurrences), 4,583,424 bytes and 5 more variants. 
It is a Windows core system file. The program has a visible window. The wordpad.exe file is a Microsoft signed file. Wordpad.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 0% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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If wordpad.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder, the security rating is 82% dangerous. The file size is 69,723 bytes. It is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. The program is not visible. The process uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. The file is not a Windows core file. Wordpad.exe is able to hide itself.

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

WordPad MFC
wordpad mfc
wordpad.exe is a utility bundled with all versions of Microsoft Windows which offers a simple and free Word Processing application. In WordPad you can write your documents using the wide selection of Windows fonts, justify text, and insert pictures. WordPad only supports RTF format and TXT processing however.
  Kevin   (further information)
This used to be the process, write.exe

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of wordpad.exe: based on 6 votes with 4 user comments. 4 users think wordpad.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users don't grade wordpad.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving wordpad issues

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