What is Communicator.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 Communicator.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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Communicator.exe file information

The process known as RocketLife or Microsoft Office Communicator (version 2005, 2007 R2, 2007) or Microsoft Lync (version 2010)

belongs to software HP Photo Creations or Microsoft Office Communicator (version 2007 R2) or Microsoft Lync (version 2010) or UC Office or PrintProjects

by Visan Industries or Microsoft ( or yourservices.

Description: Communicator.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Communicator.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 185,920 bytes (46% of all occurrences), 185,472 bytes and 14 more variants. 
The file has a digital signature. The Communicator.exe file is not a Windows system file. The program is not visible. The program has no file description. Communicator.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 50% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: The software publisher HP provides direct support ( You could completely remove HP Photo Creations or Microsoft Office Communicator (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

Recommended: Identify Communicator.exe related errors

If Communicator.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder, the security rating is 60% dangerous. The file size is 186,368 bytes (60% of all occurrences), 186,080 bytes, 2,382,848 bytes, 186,576 bytes or 8,906,064 bytes. It is not a Windows core file. The Communicator.exe file is a file with no information about its developer. The program is not visible. The Communicator.exe file is digitally signed. It is a Verisign signed file. Communicator.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs.

Uninstalling this variant: The software publisher HP provides direct support ( or You could completely remove HP Photo Creations or Gravitel Communicator (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

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

Microsoft Office Communicator
Part of Microsoft Office Communicator, which is an integrated communications client that allows information workers to communicate in real time using a range of different communication options, including instant messaging (IM), voice, and video
Every few minites an item comes on my computer that says "your communicator.exe has stopped working"
  Hazel Cavenaugh  

Summary: Average user rating of Communicator.exe: based on 2 votes with 3 user comments. One user thinks Communicator.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving Communicator issues

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