What is mantle.exe?

The genuine mantle.exe file is a software component of GFI LanGuard by GFI Software.
GFI LanGuard is an administrative tool for performing network security audits. Mantle.exe runs the GFI Patch Management Engine that schedules and deploys software patches. This is a core process that is required by GFI LanGuard and should not be disabled.

GFI LanGuard is an application designed for the Windows platform that audits network security and creates reports on security issues, vulnerabilities, configuration problems, exploits, problems in Windows security policy configuration, etc. The program employs intelligent scanning to gather information on connected machines including usernames, network shares, wireless devices, USB devices, groups and other relevant data found on a Windows Domain.

GFI Software is an American company that develops solutions in network security for home desktops and laptops as well as for network servers located in corporate environments and large businesses. The company designs software from spam and virus filters to network monitors and scanners. GFI Software was founded in 1992 and is currently headquartered in Austin, Texas, USA.

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 mantle.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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Mantle.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with mantle
Mantle.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as GFI Patch Management Engine belongs to software GFI LanGuard (version 2011, 2012) or VIPRE Internet Security by GFI Software Development.

Description: Mantle.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file mantle.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files (x86)" (normally C:\Program Files (x86)\GFI\LanGuard 11 Agent\). Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 141,176 bytes (66% of all occurrences) or 93,552 bytes. 
The program is not visible. The file has a digital signature. It is not a Windows system file. The software can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. Mantle.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 22% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: You can also do the following:
  • search the support area on the GFI website
  • remove the entire program GFI Software Development Ltd. or VIPRE Internet Security using Windows Control Panel

Recommended: Identify mantle.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as mantle.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the mantle.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.


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Best practices for resolving mantle issues

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