What does the clipsrv.exe file do?
The clipsrv.exe process is also known as Windows NT DDE Server or, as the case may be, Windows Clipbook DDE Server and is a part of Microsoft Windows Operating System. This software is produced by Microsoft (www.microsoft.com). An obsolete or defective version of clipsrv.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- Windows NT DDE Server has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- Windows NT DDE Server has stopped working. A problem caused the program to stop working correctly. Windows will close the program and notify you if a solution is available. (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- clipsrv.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module clipsrv.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about clipsrv.exe Windows NT DDE Server
clipsrv.exe is a Windows system file. Clipsrv.exe is found in the C:\Windows\System32 directory.
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 33,280 bytes (77% of all these files), 32,256 bytes or, as the case may be, 58,368 bytes.
This clipsrv program does not have a visible window, and does not appear on the taskbar. To verify its trustworthiness, Microsoft has provided it with an embedded certificate. For this reason, 7% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.
clipsrv.exe is a system file used by Microsoft Windows, and appears in Windows Task Manager as a process named "Windows NT DDE Server." However, some viruses or Trojans use the same file name in order to remain undetected (such as Trojan-Downloader.Win32.Agent.broi (recognized by Kaspersky), as well as Trojan:Win32/Malat (recognized by Microsoft)).
To be really safe, you should scan your computer with two different anti-virus engines. You can use a free Anti-Malware scanner for this purpose.
Objectionable files with the same file name have the following characteristics:
- A clipsrv.exe file has a 84% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in a subdirectory of C:\Windows. In this case, the file size is usually 81,920 bytes. It does not supply any version information or other description. It is not a Windows system file, but it is nontheless located in the C:\Windows folder. The program executes in the background, and can only be terminated using Windows Task Manager. Windows starts the process each time that the computer boots up (Registry: win.ini). It is no part of Microsoft Windows.
- A clipsrv.exe file has a 72% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in the C:\Windows\System32\drivers directory. In this case, the file size is usually 86,016 bytes. File properties have not been internally documented by the producer or developer. The file is not a Windows system file, but it is nontheless located in the C:\Windows folder. The program executes in the background, and can only be terminated using Windows Task Manager. It is no part of Microsoft Windows.
- A clipsrv.exe file has a 70% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in the C:\Windows directory. In this case, the file size is usually 86,016 bytes.
- A clipsrv.exe file has a 70% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Users\USERNAME". In this case, the file size is usually 90,112 bytes.
If you see this file on your hard drive or in Windows Task Manager, please make sure that it is not a malicious variant. It's a fact that many trojans try to cloak their true identity by calling themselves clipsrv.exe. With the above information or by using tools like Security Task Manager you can determine if, in your case, the file is an undesirable variant.
What do other computer users say about clipsrv?
|clipsrv.exe is part of Windows, supports Windows XP ClipBook Viewer, which allows pages to be seen by remote ClipBooks. |
Summary: One user judges clipsrv.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. source: file.net
How to uninstall the program
To remove Windows NT DDE Server from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.
- Click the Windows Start Button. In Windows 8, look for Control Panel.
- Click Control Panel.
- Click Uninstall a program.
- Look for the program in the list of available programs.
- Click Uninstall.
How to tell if clipsrv.exe (Windows NT DDE Server) was uninstalled cleanly
After uninstalling, restart your computer. Then start Windows Explorer and see if there is still a folder with the name of the software under C:\Program Files. Be sure to check the Registry as well for remnants of Windows NT DDE Server. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for Windows NT DDE Server or the name of the producer. Always keep in mind that only a computer professional should ever directly delete entries in the Windows Registry.
What to do if a program does not uninstall
The easiest way to remove any kind of software cleanly and accurately is to use an uninstaller tool. Because the uninstaller automatically creates a backup, there is no risk of anything going wrong.
Last but not least
If Windows not working quite right for you, or if startup is taking a long time, or clipsrv.exe is causing problems for you, a good Windows diagnostic tool may very well help. This is especially effective when it comes to older computers that have accumulated vast quantities of "garbage data" as the result of many software installs and uninstalls.