What is 3cdminic.exe?

The genuine 3cdminic.exe file is a software component of 3Com DMI by 3Com.
3cdminic.exe is an executable file that belongs to 3Com DMI. This is not a critical Windows component and should be removed if known to cause problems. A Desktop Management Interface (DMI) enables computers and network servers to report status information about themselves and their peripheral devices over the network to a DMI application. This network information may be used by a network administrator to remotely configure and manage a client or server PC. 3Com Corporation was an American company that manufactured digital electronics. The company was founded by Robert Metcalfe (the co-inventor of the Ethernet) with Howard Charney, Bruce Borden, and Greg Shaw, in 1979. 3Com was based in Massachusetts, USA. In 2010, 3Com was acquired by Hewlett-Packard.

3CDMINIC stands for 3Com Desktop Management Interface Agent for Network Interface Cards

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 3cdminic.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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3cdminic.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with 3cdminic
3cdminic.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as 3Com DMI Agent belongs to software 3Com DMI Agent by 3Com (

Description: 3cdminic.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. 3cdminic.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows\System32. The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 114,688 bytes. 
The service can be started or stopped from Services in the Control Panel or by other programs. The program has no visible window. The file is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The file is not a Windows system file. There is no detailed description of this service. Therefore the technical security rating is 48% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as 3cdminic.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the 3cdminic.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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3Com DMI Agent for network interface adapters

Summary: Average user rating of 3cdminic.exe: based on 2 votes with 1 user comment. One user thinks 3cdminic.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user suspects danger.

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Best practices for resolving 3cdminic issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with 3cdminic. 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 3cdminic.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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