What does the Locator.exe file do?
The Locator.exe process is also known as Rpc Locator and is a part of Microsoft Windows Operating System or, as the case may be, Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Locator. This software is produced by Microsoft (www.microsoft.com). An obsolete or defective version of Locator.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- Rpc Locator has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- Rpc Locator 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)
- Locator.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module Locator.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about Locator.exe Rpc Locator
The original Locator.exe file is definitely a Windows system file, but many viruses use the same name in order to remain unnoticed. Locator.exe is found in the C:\Windows\System32 directory.
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 75,264 bytes (80% of all these files), 7,680 bytes or, as the case may be, 9,216 bytes.
It is the service "RpcLocator".
The Windows operating system requires this file. The original file by Microsoft is digitally signed. So please check the file on your computer. The program executes in the background, and can only be terminated using Windows Task Manager. For this reason, 3% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.
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 Locator.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 Locator?
|gonna turn it off |
|Microsoft Locator |
|needed system file |
|I terminate this process when playing online games. Doesn't seem to have any adverse effects on system operation when it's turned off. |
| Locator.exe is the remote procedure call locator service and is essential for the smooth running of Microsoft Windows. This process maintains a database of publicly declared procedures. This program is important for the stable and secure running of your computer and should not be terminated. |
Summary: 6 users judge Locator.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. However, 2 users consider this to be a suspicious process and would like to get rid of it. For this reason, 3 users have already deleted Locator.exe. source: file.net
How to uninstall the program or Remote Procedure Call Locator
To remove Rpc Locator from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.
- Click the Windows Start Button. You find it in the lower left corner of the taskbar.
- Type the word uninstall.
- Click Add or remove programs.
- Now locate the program or Remote Procedure Call Locator in the list of displayed applications.
- Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
How to tell if Locator.exe (Rpc Locator) 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 Rpc Locator. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for Rpc Locator 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 Locator.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.