What does the point32.exe file do?
The point32.exe process is also known as Microsoft IntelliPoint or, as the case may be, Cursor features application file and is a part of Microsoft IntelliPoint or, as the case may be, Microsoft Pointing Device Software. This software is produced by Microsoft (www.microsoft.com). An obsolete or defective version of point32.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- Microsoft IntelliPoint has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- Microsoft IntelliPoint 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)
- point32.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module point32.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about point32.exe Microsoft IntelliPoint
point32.exe is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. Point32.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files" - mostly C:\Program Files\Microsoft Hardware\Mouse\ respectively C:\Program Files\Microsoft IntelliPoint\.
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 176,128 bytes (47% of all these files), 217,088 bytes as well as 5 other variants.
The point32 file is not part of the Windows operating system. You may uninstall the related program using Windows Control Panel. This point32.exe process does not appear as a visible window, but only in Task Manager. Windows starts the process each time that the computer boots up (Registry: MACHINE\Run). The point32 file can read anything that you enter on the keyboard. Point32.exe is capable of record keystrokes as well as supervise programs. For this reason, 60% 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 point32.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 point32?
|Microsoft Intellimouse Wheel Support |
|Must have for extra button support |
|Onc in awhile, take 99 percent of CPU and slows my machine to a crawl until I end the point32 process. No apparent ill effects in ending it, and I use a 3 button MS mouse. (further information...) |
Summary: 30 users judge point32.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. 3 users consider it harmless. However, 3 users consider this to be a suspicious process and would like to get rid of it. For this reason, one user has already deleted point32.exe. source: file.net
How to uninstall Microsoft IntelliPoint or Microsoft Pointing Device Software
To remove Microsoft IntelliPoint 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 Microsoft IntelliPoint or Microsoft Pointing Device Software in the list of available programs.
- Click Uninstall.
How to tell if point32.exe (Microsoft IntelliPoint) 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 Microsoft IntelliPoint. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for Microsoft IntelliPoint 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 point32.exe is causing problems for you, a good Registry Cleaner 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.
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