What is mmc.exe?

The genuine mmc.exe file is a software component of Microsoft Windows by Microsoft.
Microsoft Windows is an operating system. Microsoft Management Console is an interface that allows users to configure and monitor their system. Mmc.exe is an essential Windows file that is a component of the Management Console and does not pose a threat to the system.

The Microsoft Management Console is part of the Windows 2000 operating system, and provides an interface from where both system administrators and advanced users can configure and monitor their system. It is able to host several snap-ins aka Component Object Model components, which are basically administrative tools that can be added to the console. Computer Management is one of the most important components of the MMC, and consists of several snap-ins including Event Viewer, Disk Management and Device Manager.

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MMC stands for Microsoft Management Console

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 mmc.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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Mmc.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with mmc
Mmc.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Microsoft Management Console belongs to software Microsoft Windows Operating System or Operativni sistem Microsoft Windows by Microsoft (

Description: The original mmc.exe is an important part of Windows and rarely causes problems. Mmc.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,401,344 bytes (39% of all occurrences), 1,414,656 bytes and 16 more variants. 
The mmc.exe file is a Windows core system file. Mmc.exe is a trustworthy file from Microsoft. Mmc.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 4% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as mmc.exe, for example Virus.Win32.Virut.ce (detected by Kaspersky), and PE_VIRUX.S-3 or PE_VIRUX.Q-1 (detected by TrendMicro). Therefore, you should check the mmc.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

program" Driver Tool " when I uninstalled, put it on my PC
appears when defrag is running
MMC is Microsoft Management Console, a core part of the Windows operating system. It is used to host .msc snap-ins such as Computer Management, Event Viewer, Services etc. It can be found in C:\Windows\system32. On 64 bit Windows there is also a 32 bit version in C:\Windows\syswow64.
  Chris The Majestic  
Keeps running 40-60%, slowing system down.
I know that this program can be used to control others on a home network without then realizing it. I would consider it non essential unless the computer is being used as part of a work group in a business setting. I have had 2 computers crash and had some indiscriminate use of minor's computers in my household to dump files that were mostly pornographic
  Kathy Oddie  
I can't access my computer because of mmc . I am not able to delete unwanted files, and my computer is overloaded with them I absolutely despise mmc!
  wilma Simpson  
it is Microsoft Direct Play kind of like flash but it's a very important system file
  Shashin Patel  
its the management console... you can safely kill this
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of mmc.exe: based on 63 votes with 9 reviews. 38 users think mmc.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. 9 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 7 users suspect danger. 7 users think mmc.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 6 users don't grade mmc.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving mmc issues

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