What is IAStorIcon.exe?

The genuine IAStorIcon.exe file is a software component of Intel® Rapid Storage Technology (RST) by Intel Corporation.
This Windows service displays a toolbar icon showing an exclamation point if the Intel® Rapid Storage Technology (RST) Service is not running and a green checkmark if it is. Clicking on the icon launches the RST User Interface. These are a valuable interface to the Intel® RST Service even on a laptop that has only one disk drive. Intel® Rapid Storage Technology relies on firmware to implement Matrix RAID (Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks). The chief feature of Matrix RAID is allowing multiple sectors on a drive to host different RAID schemes so as to offer more than one balance of accelerated disk access (fastest in RAID 0) with redundancy and failure protection (highest in RAID 10). The Matrix Storage Manager software application was renamed as RST in 2009 and is now a driver. Intel constantly releases new versions of RST but new features may require specific chipsets.

IAStorIcon stands for Intel® Array Storage Technology Icon Service

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 IAStorIcon.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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IAStorIcon.exe file information

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

The process known as IAStorIcon belongs to software Intel® Rapid Storage Technology or Intel® Rapid Storage by Intel (

Description: IAStorIcon.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file IAStorIcon.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files (x86)" or sometimes in C:\ (for instance C:\Program Files (x86)\Intel\Intel(R) Rapid Storage Technology\). Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 284,696 bytes (25% of all occurrences), 283,160 bytes and 34 more variants. 
It is a Verisign signed file. It is certified by a trustworthy company. IAStorIcon.exe is not a Windows system file. The program has no visible window. The application starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). Therefore the technical security rating is 28% dangerous, but you should also take into account the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You can also uninstall Intel(R) Rapid Storage Technology or Intel(R) Rapid Storage from your computer using the Control Panel applet Uninstall a Program.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as IAStorIcon.exe. Therefore, you should check the IAStorIcon.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

It is an .exe, created by Intel, that has something to do with Intel's Rapid Storage Technology
  :~Dee   (further information)
Its not a malware but an executable file from Intel
  Abhimanyu Tiwari   (further information)
Part of Intel Rapid storage
  Dave   (further information)
Taskbar-Icon for Inter Rapid Storage Technology
Intel related, removing it wouldnt ruin anything but its not hurting anything for sure.
It's an Intel app that assists in data recovery in the event of a system failure.
IAStorcon has stopped working
  Herbert. Natai  
intel hard disk monitoring icon in task bar, to disable. open it from task bar, select preferences, uncheck startup, reboot.
seems safe to disable at startup through msconfig
intel rapid storage
IAStorIcon.exe is an execution file that starts whenever you start your Windows. This file isn't really essential, because it is for the Intel Rapid Storage file. If you get this error: "IAStorIcon.exe has failed", the file transfer to the hard drive has failed. However, you can actually save your files on the hard drive. To disable, go to task bar, select preferences, uncheck startup, and then reboot your computer. This file can also be camouflaged! Watch out!
  Chris Evergreen  
Dolphin Deals malware disguises itself with this .exe
Sense I got it, I have had some issues with game play. Don't know if this is the problem or not.The message i get is windows is closing this game ;not enough ram to run it.. which is bull.
Removed the app from a new HP laptop because it caused black screen. After removing problem gone
Heavy user of cpu capacity when running
IAstoricon infect my motherboard and make Internet Explorer slow.
intel RST service. It's for setting up a RAID system. if you need it. I use AHCI
You need it if you have a RAID configuration. It is highly recommended to keep it because it improves performance and security with AHCI drives
  Mike L   (further information)

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of IAStorIcon.exe: based on 43 votes with 18 user comments. 10 users think IAStorIcon.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 6 users think it's probably harmless. 18 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users suspect danger. 7 users think IAStorIcon.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 4 users don't grade IAStorIcon.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving IAStorIcon issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with IAStorIcon. 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 IAStorIcon.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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