What is notepad.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 notepad.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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Notepad.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with notepad
Notepad.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Editor belongs to software Microsoft Windows Operating System or Outerinfo or Betriebssystem Microsoft Windows by Microsoft (

Description: The original notepad.exe is an important part of Windows and rarely causes problems. Notepad.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 69,120 bytes (29% of all occurrences), 179,712 bytes and 21 more variants. 
The program has a visible window. The notepad.exe file is a trustworthy file from Microsoft. Therefore the technical security rating is 7% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you want to remove the program completely, go to Control Panel ⇒ Software ⇒ Dell Support Center.

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There are different files with the same name:

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as notepad.exe, for example TROJ_XTREME.SMUS (detected by TrendMicro), and Worm:Win32/Rebhip.A or Trojan:Win32/Bagsu!rfn (detected by Microsoft). Therefore, you should check the notepad.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

your default windows notepad text editor
Basic wordpad.
It's Microsoft Notepad
MS text editot
Windows Notepad
A simple wordpad. Easy to use, surprisingly good for quick notes. Takes up next to nothing in the form of memory.
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Basic text editor
in 64xbit versions of Win7 also appearing in syswow64

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of notepad.exe: based on 19 votes with 11 user comments. 15 users think notepad.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. One user thinks notepad.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving notepad issues

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