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What’s NumberPadNotificationService.exe (NumberPadNotificationService.exe)? Is it safe or a virus?

NumberPadNotificationService.exe is the background service for Microsoft's own Number Pad hardware device.

Microsoft makes a black bluetooth number pad that can sit next to your laptop, or desktop PC keyboard. If you have to do a lot of number work, and if you use a laptop sometimes it can be frustrating to have no dedicated number pad. Microsoft solves this issue with this interesting piece of keyboard hardware.

This service sits in the background and makes sure Microsoft's Number Pad can work properly. If you're seeing this .exe running, but you don't have Microsoft's Number Pad, it's probably fine to terminate it with SpyShelter.

Below are 4 simple steps you can take to see if the NumberPadNotificationService.exe process is safe or malware.

  1. Scan the executable with Microsoft's built-in tech
  2. Find NumberPadNotificationService.exe's publisher
  3. Search the executable's hash with VirusTotal
  4. Monitor the executable's behavior

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Who makes NumberPadNotificationService.exe (NumberPadNotificationService.exe)?

We’ve found Microsoft Corporation should be the publisher of NumberPadNotificationService.exe.

How do we know? Our SpyShelter cybersecurity labs focuses on monitoring different types of Windows PC executables and their behaviors for our popular SpyShelter Antispyware software. Learn more about us, and how our cybersecurity team studies Windows PC executables/processes.

What does it mean if someone is the publisher of a PC .exe (executable or process)?

The publisher of an executable is the entity responsible for its distribution and authenticity. Most processes/executables on your PC should be signed. The signature on the executable should have been verified through a third party whose job it is to make sure the entity is who it says it is. Find an unsigned executable? You should consider scanning any completely unsigned .exe on your PC.

Last updated: March 6, 2024

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