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What is ngen.exe?

Ngen.exe is a executable file (a program) within Windows. The filename extension .exe denotes an executable file. You should only run executable files from publishers you trust, because executable files can potentially change your computer settings or harm your computer. The free file information forum can help you determine if ngen.exe is a virus, trojan, spyware, or adware that you can remove, or a file belonging to a Windows system or to an application you can trust.

Ngen.exe file information

The process known as Microsoft Common Language Runtime native compiler belongs to software Microsoft .NET Framework or int test2 by Microsoft (www.microsoft.com).

Description: Ngen.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. ngen.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows. Known file sizes on Windows 7/XP are 73,728 bytes (66% of all occurrences), 100,856 bytes or 99,152 bytes. http://www.file.net/process/ngen.exe.html 
The program has no visible window. The program can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. It is not a Windows system file. Ngen.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 37% dangerous; however you should also read the users reviews.
If problems with ngen.exe come up, you may also uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Add/Remove programs ⇒ Microsoft .NET Framework.

Recommended: Identify ngen.exe related errors

If ngen.exe is located in the folder C:\Windows\System32, the security rating is 70% dangerous. The file size is 36,864 bytes. The software has no file description. The program has no visible window. The ngen.exe file is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The software starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run). It is not a Windows system file.

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as ngen.exe. Therefore, you should check the ngen.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

NGEN ist ein Teil von Microsofts Betriebssystemaufsatz .net. Es optimiert für .net geschriebene Programme, indem es sie auf den PC abstimmt, auf dem sie installiert wurden. Da es ein Betriebssystemaufsatz ist, gehört es in den Windows-System-Ordner. NGEN stellt die "Benutzeroberfläche" zum ensprechenden Dienst bereit, welcher in der mscorsvw.exe dargestellt ist.
  Ingo Moch   (further information)
The Native Image Generator (Ngen.exe) is a tool that improves the performance of managed applications.
  Bill   (further information)
it seems to have a memory leak; lost 500MB to this process.

Summary: Average user rating of ngen.exe: based on 3 votes with 3 user comments.
One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger.

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