What is amon?

The genuine amon.sys file is a software component of NOD32 Antivirus System by ESET.
The monitor software for ESET's NOD32 Antivirus, this system file runs in the background and monitors for viruses and malware. When detected, the Antivirus software immediately deletes or quarantines the threat, and notifies the user. NOD32 is distributed by ESET, a Slovak company located in San Diego, California. Their product range is focused solely on antivirus applications and security.

Amon stands for Amon monitor

Amon.sys is a Windows driver. A driver is a small software program that allows your computer to communicate with hardware or connected devices. This means that a driver has direct access to the internals of the operating system, hardware etc. The free file information forum can help you determine if amon.sys is a Windows system file or if it belongs to an application that you can trust.

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Amon.sys file information

The process known as Amon monitor belongs to software NOD32 Antivirus System or AMON by Eset (

Description: Amon.sys is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The amon.sys file is located in the C:\Windows\System32\drivers folder. The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 512,096 bytes. 
The driver can be started or stopped from Services in the Control Panel or by other programs. The program is not visible. There is no detailed description of this service. The file is not a Windows system file. The file is a Verisign signed file. Amon.sys is certified by a trustworthy company. amon.sys appears to be a compressed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 20% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Recommended: Identify amon.sys related errors

Important: Some malware disguises itself as amon.sys, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows\System32\drivers folder. Therefore, you should check the amon.sys 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

Antivirus protection
Part of NOD32 Antivirus System
NOD32 Antivirus
Interfered with iTunes 6 at the start of each new track which maxed my AMD64 3200+ out for about 20 secs.
  Mike   (further information)
AMON (Antivirus MONitor) is the resident virus scanner driver of NOD32. There is a lot of information about what AMON does in NOD32's help
  Alexander Tashkov  
i know that because of it my windows would not start and a blescreen apear instead
  Dar3 DeViL  
Belongs to NOD32 Antivirus, but on a customer's PC (we are a tech support group) it crashes on bootup.
BSOD'ed xp, removed it from windir\system32\drivers and prob gone.Seems not needed at all
It is part of NOD32 and can cause BSODs under some circumstances, but can be safelly deleted(disables part of antivirus)
Hi! If you delete this file file, you be able to start your PC . Nod32 will generate another GOOD file!
NOD32 file needed for AMON system.
Is one of the nod32 modules loaded by default
  mass   (further information)

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Summary: Average user rating of amon.sys: based on 15 votes with 12 user comments. 11 users think amon.sys is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user thinks amon.sys is dangerous and recommends removing it. 2 users don't grade amon.sys ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving amon issues

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