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Process name: loads the different input locales

Product: Windows

Company: Microsoft

File: internat.exe

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Internat.exe runs at startup; it loads the different input locales that are specified by the user. The locales to be loaded for the current user are taken from the following registry key:http://www.neuber.com/taskmanager/process/internat.exe.html 
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Keyboard Layout\Preload
Internat.exe loads the "EN" icon into the system tray, allowing the user to easily switch between locales. This icon disappears when the process is stopped, but the locales can still be changed through the Control Panel.
Note that the locales for the "System" are loaded from here:
HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Keyboard Layout\Preload
These locales are used by system services that are running under the Local System account, or when no user is logged on (for example, at the logon prompt). This service doesn't exists in Windows Vista/7/8/10! In this case "internat.exe" could be a virus or trojan.

Note: The internat.exe file is located in the folder C:\Windows\System32. In other cases, internat.exe is a virus, spyware, trojan or worm! Check this with Security Task Manager.


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Average user rating of internat.exe: based on 80 votes. Read also the 59 reviews.

  • 101 users ask for this file. 37 users rated it as not dangerous. 3 users rated it as not so dangerous. 19 users rated it as neutral. 6 users rated it as little bit dangerous. 15 users rated it as dangerous. 13 users didn't rate it ("don't know").

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Input Locales Traybar icon is used to change regional settings Alex
KB selector KnowAll
It appears to be handling the keyboard locals. Next to the time on the lower right courner you should see your language displayed. In my case its "EN" for english. Ending this process should remove it from the tray.  See also: Link Carlos D. Garza
there are two versions of internat.exe and the most comon one is as you say for language settings of your keyboard but here is the kicker there is also a internat.exe that is part of a virus/trojan `password stealer abd should definatly be investigated if you dont run more than one language on the pc keyboard settings  See also: Link wolf on the loose
if u have "aston shell" installed, is one of aston's files  See also: Link Mihnea
It's not dangerous, it's a process started by Windows. Arne
It runs with Aston shell (explorer replacement). Hugh G. Rection
Definatel;y been having problems with it... Keyboard setting should not be activating the internet. I was forced to block transmissions on my firewall program before deleting it. There are two Internat.exe, and one is a Trojan horse, but as yet i don't know how to identify the other Joseph
If it is the Netsnake virus it will reside in the C;\windows folder, if its a system file it will be in c:\windows\system32. (for XP) Use this to differentiate. Also the good process has a ZIP icon, while the virus has a "?" icon  See also: Link Negster22
On my computer (Win 2000), the good file in C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM has a "?" icon and I don't have the virus so I wouldn't worry about the "?" icon. See the link for how to tell if you have the virus and what to do about it.  See also: Link Brian
I have the internat.exe file with the "?" icon in athe c:\windows\system32 file. Also, checking the version under properties, I find it's got a Microsoft signature. dkcc
In windows 2000, the one with the "?" icon ist the good one! bleedproof
this have to do with the region options under your control panel try open the region option, then to the input locales tab and uncheck the "enable indicator on taskbar and the internat.exe will dissapear
Used to switch between language charsets. But can be infected by worms!!! MORT,
"In windows 2000, the one with the "?" icon ist the good one! " That is not correct !! It is infected if it has the ? !! fed-up guy
I have Win 98 and the icon with a "?" not only has a microsoft signature, but is located at the c:\windows\system folder, not the c:\windows\system32. Maha
I have rated this as dangerous to flag up a potential trojan/ password thief. There are two versions of internat.exe. The official microsoft version has a ? icon and is used for keyboard language selection. The trojan has a zip file icon and is nasty, stealing passwords and using e-mail to forward them to the initiator.  See also: Link machinesurgeon
The one in c:\windows\system32 is related to Keyboard Locales. If you remove all Keyboard Locales except for one, after reboot you'll notice the icon for selecting keyboard language in the taskbar is gone. And the internat.exe process will no longer run on startup. Holf
MS digitally signed exe, which enables language switching in the taskbar and loads as a boot process. In any other location apart from sysroot, it could be malicious. charismagic
internat.exe = tastatur-layout-umschaltung (z.b. DE/EN) virtuellesue
i have two copies in c:/winnt/system32 both with the '?' - does that mean it's ok? Faris
it runs in memory and networkconnection is impossible. I deleted it in start up, and after restarting the pc, the network connections are all right again ! HVH Systems bvba, Belgium
hello.. dont worry, this is only international keyboard (other than thte default, english.) take it from the doc.. to see for yourself, its simple.. just after a fresh load of w98, you wont see internat running with you press CTRL ALT and Delete (which shows the programs or tasks that are running).. However, when you go to control panel and keyboards and load a new language keyboard (russian, for ex), then you will see internat running, when you press CTRL ALT delete) its as simple as that.. all the best.. the doc..  See also: Link Dr Ken James
Windows 2000 SP4 - File is in c:\winnt\system32 and c:\winnt\system32\dllcache. Created date SHOULD BE 07 December 1999, 12:00:00. Icon SHOULD be question mark. Loads from HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run Bruv1
Not an trojan, just clik on an blue icon that is shown next to the clock an disable it from runing everytime Neto
Microsoft provided file is not needed for english windows users. I have sucessfully deleted both copies \i386 (install from dir) & \winnt\system32, windows complianed about a missing system file but works fine after I denied replacing it. ds
i had it and its a trojan...always popup windows from the internet explorer appeared...(and i use mozilla). but when i "ended process" in the task manager, no popups came back. silvio
looks like a system file, etc but giving me a headache - illegal error message coming up all the time mo
If you've got Gladiators Aston installed, untick 'Show keyboard indicator' from AMaster's Boot configuration screen to disable process. feenixx
just a ms windows file psimon
is it a worm file
My 1999 good version of internat is 28672 bytes. In win 98, if you install another language support, you may notice the "E" icon in your tray. If you stop the internat process and place yuor cursor over the "E" it should go away which indicates you did not have the virus internat. Scott
in my case the system works a lot faster when i disabled the file from startup options, however, i dunno if it was a virus of some kind but at least i cant see the keyboard icon in the lower right corner of the screen
my pc starts to run by typing itself. looking at administration accounts, searching special files. and the only program, which is running at startup is internat.exe armageddon
mine is a question mark. I tried to open it. and there came up an EN symbol at the bottom right. I think it's used for bilingual keyboard input. jeff x7
in what way and system it works Ayenew
internat.exe is a service to change languaje of keyboard. If you go to Inicio/Setings/ControlPanel/Keyboard-Lenguajes, and uncheck option "Hability icon in TaskBar, the internat.exe service is desactivated.
There are two types of this file. One legit and one which is a harmful file. It is important to know which one you have. someone
leave it in startup R. Comello
I think it is a dodgy file and someone is watching what we are doing. I tried to delete the file from Windows/System folder under Windows ME. It deleted and then replicated itself in the same folder with a numvger of deleted files buidling up in the recycle bin. Still trying to find out how to get rid of it permanently. Internat Cat
Path: C:\WIN98\SYSTEM\INTERNAT.EXE Version: 4.80.3008.0001 Company Name: Microsoft Corporation hukido
If you have aston theme installed untick show keyboard indicater in aston master to stop process thisiswhatitisinmycase
Here's the scoop. I just installed INTERNAT.EXE from the Microsoft download site. INTERNAT.EXE is now in C:/WINDOWS/SYSTEM with a dark blue icon and white question mark [?]. Just right click and check the properties. It shows Microsoft Corporation and other valid data. I now have traditional Chinese viewable to my browser. Some previous posts say the [?] icon says virus. Not so. Joe
I deleted the Internat.exe because it only was starting when i connected to the internet...the switching between US and GER keyboard settings is still available...i located it in the system32 ToughGuy
Internat causes an ERROR when closing IE on my fully updated NEW installation of win98 ... Who needs it ? (maybe rename exe) PIRATE
I always use mozilla everywhere and internat.exe is never started. Symantec says the virus is 80kb and the original is 20kb. This one is 40kb, maybe a variant. I renamed the file, this is the only way to disable its unauthorized startup. kabayan
there are 2 versions, yes! 1 is save, the other is not! use a good free or legitimit antivirus program to be sure, avira/antivir for example  See also: Link Respice Finem
1. it's a service to change language of keyboard 2. it's a virus Baba_GiNa_:)-
One version is good another is bad. If you have a a blue icon on the R/H of taskbar right click it and it will explain what it is, on WinXP/Win98 you can run the "msconfig" command (START RUN) and deselect it from starting up automatically. If it still loads after this then it might be the virus. Will make a page on my site for more resources when I get the time.  See also: Link Marco
Found on most of supported PC, that have IE connection issues and on our Domain continuos account lockouts. Gavin (South Africa)
The legit one is ~20K, the trojan is ~35K go to Semantek for removal tools; also I;ve heard conflicting reports about the icon; the most reliable source says the '?' icon is on the legit version.  See also: Link Roadkill Armadillo
Worms and trojans used this file name. aati11
This file can part of virus which my company is still recovering from, be weary check process explorer to see if its running, if so you may have a worm. It is a legit file from microsoft as well, if you are worried you may have an infection delete the file. If you are not experiencing any problems, leave the file Carston, IT
well my internat file thing says it was created in 1999 and i didnt have this computer in 1999... im guessing thats not good O_o
I was suspicious of mine, but copied internat.exe onto floppy from machine that's neevr ever been connected to internet, then compared them using a Sinclair QL and my own "compare" utility, they were the same. Suggest everyone copies their good internat.exe to internat.old and compares every time they feel worried. Matthew Spencer
You can take "internat.ex_" from windows installation cd, expand it and compare to check if the "internat.exe" is original. It has "?" icon. JaS
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The one with the "?" icon is the legit one. It is the keyboard language indicator applet for windows. Do not delete!
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