What is AdMunch.exe?

The genuine AdMunch.exe file is a software component of Ad Muncher by Murray Hurps.
AdMunch.exe is an executable file that belongs to Ad Muncher, a browser plugin that detects and blocks browser advertisements and popups from appearing. This is not a critical Windows component and should be removed if known to cause problems. Ad Muncher is a browser plugin that integrates with Internet Explorer and other Internet browsers like Google Chrome and Opera. Ad Muncher detects advertising before a page is loaded on Internet Explorer and hides the empty ad-space. This saves critical network resources and Internet bandwidth. The program works through community-derived blacklists and filters to block known advertising in a variety of forms including pictures, text, JavaScript layers, animations, and flash. The program automatically downloads new filter updates. Murray Hurps is an Australian programmer and sole developer of Ad Muncher, a project that started out as a hobby in 2000 when Hurps was only 14 years old. Hurps is also the founder of Ad Muncher, Startup Muster, Feedback Fast, Leap Touch, and Hurps recently began distributing Ad Muncher for free instead of as a paid service, in an effort to attract a wider audience. Murray Hurps is presently the General Manager of Fishburners, known as Australia's largest startup space.

AdMunch stands for Ad Muncher Loader

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 AdMunch.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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AdMunch.exe file information

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

The process known as Ad Muncher belongs to software Ad Muncher (version 4.93 Build 33707/4576) by Murray Hurps Software Pty or Murray Hurps Corp Pty (

Description: AdMunch.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. AdMunch.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" (usually C:\Program Files\Ad Muncher\). Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 560,760 bytes (22% of all occurrences), 779,776 bytes and 21 more variants. 
The AdMunch.exe file is not a Windows core file. The program has no visible window. The program starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Run, User Shell Folders, MACHINE\User Shell Folders). AdMunch.exe is able to connect to the Internet and record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 37% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you have any problems with AdMunch.exe, you can uninstall Ad Muncher or Ad Muncher 4.93 Build 33707/4576 from your computer using the Control Panel applet Uninstall a Program, contact Customer Service or check the vendor’s website for a newer version.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as AdMunch.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder, for example TROJ_GEN.R47C8J1 (detected by TrendMicro), and Trojan:Win32/Bumat!rts (detected by Microsoft). Therefore, you should check the AdMunch.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

Utility to prevent downloading Advertisments from the net. Blocks popups, Banner even inside any program that has ad inside.
  Chris Korte   (further information)
Admuncher is a shareware Ad filtering software. I know the coder of the program. He's a wonderful guy. This program is probably on my Top 5 list of best software ever. Don't worry.
  STi Sev   (further information)
Best ad filtering program out there. Have used for years - not dangerous at all.
  T-Bone   (further information)
Best Pop-Up/Ad Blocker.
  Lucian   (further information)
Great Ad blocking program
  Chip   (further information)
The easiest and best ad blocker I have ever used!
Shareware ad blocking application.
  Dirhael   (further information)

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Summary: Average user rating of AdMunch.exe: based on 9 votes with 7 user comments. 8 users think AdMunch.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving AdMunch issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with AdMunch. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic 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 resmon 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 DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the AdMunch.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security 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. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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