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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 Microsoft Office Communicator (version 2005, 2007 R2, 2007) or RocketLife or Microsoft Lync (version 2010) belongs to software Microsoft Office Communicator (version 2007 R2) or Microsoft Lync (version 2010) or HP Photo Creations or PrintProjects by Microsoft (www.microsoft.com) or Visan Industries.

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 8/7/XP are 4,167,376 bytes (22% of all occurrences), 2,028,032 bytes and 10 more variants. http://www.file.net/process/communicator.exe.html 
The file has a digital signature. The Communicator.exe file is not a Windows system file. The process starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: Run, MACHINE\Run, DEFAULT\Run, MACHINE\User Shell Folders). Communicator.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and connect to the Internet. Therefore the technical security rating is 34% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.
You could completely remove Microsoft Office Communicator or HP Photo Creations (Control Panel⇒Add/Remove programs).

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If Communicator.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Documents and Settings", the security rating is 46% dangerous. The file size is 186,576 bytes. There is no information about the author of the file. The program is not visible. The file has a digital signature. It is not a Windows core file. Communicator.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs.
The software publisher HP provides direct support (www.hp.com/support). You could completely remove HP Photo Creations (Control Panel⇒Add/Remove programs).

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.

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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
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Summary: Average user rating of Communicator.exe: based on 2 votes with 2 user comments. One user thinks Communicator.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless.


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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 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 doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, 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 Communicator.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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