What is Monitor.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 Monitor.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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Monitor.exe file information

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

The process known as Registry Monitor or BACK Monitor Application or Performance Monitor or AutoDetector or Monitor Application or Advanced SystemCare (version 6 Monitor, 7 Monitor) or Texis Program or Chameleon Monitor or Integrated Camera Preview Manager

belongs to software Registry Monitor or Advanced SystemCare (version 9, 8, 6, 7, 10, 11) or Integrated Camera or Ulead AutoDetector or forteManager or LeapFrog Connect or eRecovery or BACK Monitor Application or Chameleon Monitor or ASUS GPU Tweak or Texis Database or Advanced SystemCare Ultimate (version 8, 9) or FJ Camera or Mouse Driver Application or Integrated Camera Preview Manager or Abaqus FLEXnet License Server or Performance Monitor or ArcSoft MediaConverter (version 3) or Acer Empowering Technology framework or Gaming mouse Driver or Gaming Keyboard Driver

by PixArt Imaging Incorporation ( or IObit ( or SunplusIT or Sunplus Innovation Technology or Ulead Systems ( or acer ( or Expansion Programs International or LeapFrog Enterprises or NeoSoft Tools or ASUS ( or ArcSoft (

Description: Monitor.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Monitor.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files (x86)" or sometimes in a subfolder of the user's profile folder—e.g. C:\Program Files (x86)\Integrated Camera\ or C:\Program Files (x86)\IObit\Advanced SystemCare\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,723,040 bytes (6% of all occurrences), 3,332,384 bytes and 115 more variants. 
Monitor.exe is not a Windows system file. The program is not visible. The application is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, MACHINE\User Shell Folders, DEFAULT\Runonce, Run, TaskScheduler). Monitor.exe is a Verisign signed file. Monitor.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs, monitor applications, manipulate other programs and connect to the Internet. Therefore the technical security rating is 33% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If any problems with Acer Empowering Technology or forteManager occur, you can do the following:

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External information from Paul Collins:
There are different files with the same name:

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as Monitor.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder, for example Adware-WebProtect (detected by McAfee), and Application.Downloader.UD (detected by BitDefender). Therefore, you should check the Monitor.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If Registry Monitor has changed your browser's search engine and start page, you can recover your browser's default settings as follows:

Reset default browser settings for Internet-Explorer ▾
  1. In Internet Explorer, press the key combination Alt + X to open the Tools menu.
  2. Click Internet options.
  3. Click the Advanced tab.
  4. Click the Reset... button.
  5. Enable the Delete personal settings option.
This will reset your Internet Explorer to its default settings. Your browser will start with the familiar start page and search engine—without popups, ads, cookies, but all browser add-ons are deleted too [1]. Make cleaning up your browser and your computer simpler and safer with Security Task Manager.


User Comments

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a major nuisance with pop-upcreen interfering every 15 seconds.
  George Burton  
it appeared out of the blue after i opened emaiamd will not let me operate my cpu easily. a real menace to using my Windows XP Pro.
  george b  
This file can sometimes be a "BitCoin miner" application, spread through downloaded programs. You can tell if it is indeed a BC minor if it eats your RAM and uses CPU power.
  Bob Holloway   (further information)
Unable to shutdown XP Professional. Using Windows Task Manager, select Monitor.exe and then End Process. You can then shutdown Windows. It appears to have been installed under C:\Program Files\LeapFrog\LeapFrog Connect (118,272 bytes) It automatically runs on Windows startup. I will uninstall this application.
  Mike B  
it was installed by my Genius camera SW
Found it installed after I installed a web-cam driver. File signed by pixart.TW, (camera manufacturers) but actually downloaded from a link supplied by microsoft trouble shooter.
It can also be a part of "Natec Genesis Gamin Gear" keyboard software. Monitor.exe and osd.exe.
  Kitsune   (further information)
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of Monitor.exe: based on 72 votes with 9 reviews. 41 users think Monitor.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 10 users think it's probably harmless. 11 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 3 users suspect danger. 7 users think Monitor.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 10 users don't grade Monitor.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving Monitor issues

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