What is nero.exe?

The genuine nero.exe file is a software component of Nero Burning ROM by Nero.
Nero.exe is an executable file that runs the Nero Burning ROM, a suite that bundles software programs meant for burning data onto optical discs, digital file management, media editing, file compression and archiving, as well as streaming content over the Internet. This is a critical component for Nero Burning ROM and should not be directly removed. Nero Burning ROM is a utility program created for the Windows platform, originally for authoring optical discs such as CDs and DVDs. The first version was released in 1997 and has been released through ten new versions ever since. Different versions of the software such as Nero Burning ROM Lite were released as cheaper alternatives with limited functionality and features. Nero Express was targeted at entry-level audiences. It showcased a friendlier interface making it much easier to use. Nero is a German software developer best known for their flagship disc burning software program, the Nero Suite. Richard Lesser founded the company in 1995 as Ahead Software GmbH but the company changed their name to Nero in 2005. Nero became quite popular after many OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) decided to bundle the suite with their hardware products. Nero is headquartered in Karlsruhe, Germany.

Nero stands for Nero Burning ROM

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 nero.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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Nero.exe file information

The process known as Nero Burning ROM belongs to software Nero OEM or Nero 7 Ultra Edition by Ahead Software AG ( or Nero AG (

Description: Nero.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The nero.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 13,179,660 bytes (77% of all occurrences) or 12,784,200 bytes. 
Nero.exe is not a Windows system file. The program has no visible window. Nero.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and connect to the Internet. Therefore the technical security rating is 21% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: It is possible to remove the entire program Nero 8 Lite or Nero 7 Essentials using Windows Control Panel.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as nero.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the nero.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's the Ahed Nero utility; Nero Burning ROM; Nero Express; Nero SmartStart
  Parsifal   (further information)
If located in the applications folder, this file is 0% dangerous
Nero.exe is the CD\DVD burning tool from Ahead Software AG.
  Dr. Ashley   (further information)
nero.exe is part of Nero Burning ROM, reliable, high-quality CD, DVD and Blu-ray Disc burning and copying utility.
  Elena   (further information)
my computer kept crashing and rebooting i disabled nero.exe from windows system 32 and now my computer is ok again
  Caroline Halford  

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of nero.exe: based on 7 votes with 5 user comments. 2 users think nero.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. One user thinks nero.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving nero issues

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