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What is natspeak.exe?

Part of Dragon NaturallySpeaking by Nuance Communications

What is it?

Dragon NaturallySpeaking for Windows for Dragon NaturallySpeaking, a speech recognition software package developed and sold by Nuance Communications for Windows PCs. NaturallySpeaking uses a minimal user interface. As an example, dictated words appear in a floating tooltip as they are spoken, and when the speaker pauses, the program transcribes the words into the active window at the location of the cursor.
Description of natspeak.exe from Nuance Communications
Dragon Dictation is an easy-to-use voice recognition application powered by Dragon NaturallySpeaking that allows you to easily speak and instantly see your text or email messages. In fact, it’s up to five times faster than typing on the keyboard. Dragon NaturallySpeaking Home speech recognition software ignites new levels of creativity and convenience by letting you interact with your PC using your voice. Dragon recognizes what you say and how you say it so you can turn talk into text and enjoy using your voice to command your PC and applications. Say words and they appear on your screen - three times faster than typing. Use your favorite applications to dictate documents, send email, search the Web, or network with friends and family. Speak simple voice commands to launch applications, select menu items, "press" keys, save files, or switch from one window to another.
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How does natspeak.exe run?

Process - natspeak.exe is an instance of a running program. This program executes under the SYSTEM account within Windows with extensive privileges on the local computer, and acts as the computer on the network. natspeak.exe is executed by the process svchost.exe (Host Process for Windows Services by Microsoft).

How does natspeak.exe start?

Scheduled task - natspeak.exe is launched automatically by registering itself into the Windows Task Scheduler under the task name '\{AF932576-3015-43EA-976E-8726B86F10C6}'. Task Scheduler provides the ability to schedule the launch of programs or scripts at pre-defined times or after specified time intervals or even with event-based triggers.
User start menu folder - The shortcut file natspeak.lnk is loaded in the user's Startup folder (%AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\) that points to the executable natspeak.exe. The startup folder contains programs that automatically start when Windows starts for the logged in user.


What is the community is seeing?What is the community is doing?
About 0.1% of all Boost users have the natspeak.exe process running.Of the 0.1% of natspeak.exe users, 26.0% have disabled it.
Typical file (disk image) location:
C:\Program Files\nuance\naturallyspeaking11\program\natspeak.exe

Are there other versions of Dragon NaturallySpeaking ?

What else is related?

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Windows 7 Home Premium (6.1.7601.65536)

About Nuance Communications, Inc.

Nuance Communications provides speech and imaging applications. Current business products focus on server & embedded speech recognition, telephone call steerin More...
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File details

File name: natspeak.exe
Publisher: Nuance Communications, Inc. (verified)
Name: Dragon NaturallySpeaking
Description: Dragon NaturallySpeaking for Windows
Size: 3.92 MB
Original file name: natspeak

Digital certificate

Certificate authority: VeriSign
Effective date: 2/6/2008
Expiration date: 6/7/2011

Resource utilization

CPU utilization averages
Total CPU: 1.1233973438%
Privileged CPU: 0.8915217354%
User CPU: 0.23187560832033%
Memory utilization averages
Min working set memory: 0 Bytes

Process details

Runs as (owner): System
Windows platform: 64-bit
Parent Process
Process Command
"C:\Program Files\Nuance\NaturallySpeaking11\Program\natspeak.exe" -Embedding

Scheduled task details

Name: \{B54AA09E-70D7-44F0-B60D-DBAEA8A2D010}

User start menu folder details

Name: natspeak.exe

Image hashes

MD5: f72a64b5f1aef2abb12c8e365f4b8d2c
SHA-1: 40db7fc4d46743a03f616ec9063fb78f25809467
SHA-256: 453ecf3e8a0a00140b926d304201f1806cbf1f62d02702ac6334f6c69ce2d09c

PE image details

Subsystem: Windows GUI
File packed: No
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