What is HookManager.exe?

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the HookManager.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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HookManager.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with HookManager
HookManager.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Context Menu Utility belongs to software HookManager Application by Portrait Displays (

Description: HookManager.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The HookManager.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files" (typically C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Portrait Displays\Shared\). Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 110,592 bytes (32% of all occurrences), 114,688 bytes and 14 more variants. 
The program is not visible. The HookManager.exe file is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 33% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as HookManager.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the HookManager.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


User Comments

monitor software
Hookmanager wird für Wide Screens verwendet
Used by windows applications to for global hooks
I've got an ACER LCD P223W monitor and it was packaged with the software for this LCD
  Christian de Bellefeuille  
Controls my Philips 24" widescreen monitor.
Yo tambien tengo el mismo monitor y tambien tengo hookmanager.exe. Parece ser necesario para este monitor
My computer use to freeze when i right clicked the desktop, then i control alt delete and found the hookmanager process and got rid of it, and presto, no more freezing for me. I have windows xp 32 bit with sp3. and all my drivers installed and updated correctly
Appears to be part of the software that allows me to control my Acer LCD panel. Never seen a problem in the 9 months it has been on the system. Only noticed because the new ZoneAlarm flagged it.
  ALM   (further information)
Controls my Philips monitor
avast have block him, nothing happens as i think is not needed and suspicious

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of HookManager.exe: based on 9 votes with 10 user comments. 3 users think HookManager.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 4 users think it's probably harmless. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving HookManager issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with HookManager. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the 6resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the HookManager.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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