What is tv_w32.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 tv_w32.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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Tv_w32.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with tv_w32
Tv_w32.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as TeamViewer (version 9, 10, 11, 8) or Helper process for TeamViewer performance optimization and QuickConnect belongs to software TeamViewer (version 7, 6) by TeamViewer GmbH (

Description: Tv_w32.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Tv_w32.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 230,672 bytes (12% of all occurrences), 229,136 bytes and 18 more variants. 
The program is not visible. The file has a digital signature. Tv_w32.exe is not a Windows system file. Tv_w32.exe is a Verisign signed file. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. Tv_w32.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 37% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If there are any problems with tv_w32.exe, you can visit the website or completely remove TeamViewer 11 or TeamViewer 10 (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as tv_w32.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the tv_w32.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

    (further information)
TeamViewer is a proprietary computer software package for remote control, desktop sharing, online meetings, web conferencing and file transfer between computers. The software operates with the Microsoft Windows, OS X,[1][2] Linux,[3] iOS,[4] Android,[5] Windows RT[6] and Windows Phone[7] operating systems. It is also possible to access a machine running TeamViewer with a web browser.[8] While the main focus of the application is remote control of computers, collaboration and presentation features are included.[9] TeamViewer GmbH was founded in 2005 in Uhingen, Germany. TeamViewer is a unified partner with GFI.[10]
  George   (further information)
team viewer file
Allows remote assistance between PC's. Reputable and password protected, I have used it for about 10 years w/o incident. Not malware, but will be used by scammers if you give them your password and ID.
  Glen Gorden  

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Summary: Average user rating of tv_w32.exe: based on 14 votes with 7 user comments. 6 users think tv_w32.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 6 users think it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user thinks tv_w32.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving tv_w32 issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with tv_w32. 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 tv_w32.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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