What is NkMonitor.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 NkMonitor.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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NkMonitor.exe file information

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

The process known as Nikon Transfer Monitor or Monitor belongs to software Nikon Transfer by Nikon (

Description: NkMonitor.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file NkMonitor.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files" (common is C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Nikon\Monitor\). Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 479,232 bytes (87% of all occurrences) or 485,208 bytes. 
The program has no visible window. The program is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, User Shell Folders, MACHINE\User Shell Folders). NkMonitor.exe is not a Windows core file. You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. Therefore the technical security rating is 38% dangerous, but you should also take into account the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In the event of any problems with NkMonitor.exe, you can completely remove Nikon Transfer (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

Recommended: Identify NkMonitor.exe related errors

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

This came in from my Nikon Coolpix digital camera's download software (camera to PC). It's not needed - I remove it from Task Manager.
  Gary & Daisy  

Summary: Average user rating of NkMonitor.exe: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving NkMonitor issues

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