What is apnmcp.exe?

The genuine apnmcp.exe file is a software component of KMP Media Toolbar by APN.
A version of the Ask Toolbar, the KMP Toolbar is packaged with the KMPlayer media software. It runs in the background and embeds itself in your browser as a toolbar, changes your homepage, and provides a small number of additional features. It provides targeted advertising to you as you browse. This application is generally considered a piece of adware.

APNMCP stands for Ask Partner Network Media Content Player

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 apnmcp.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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Apnmcp.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with apnmcp
Apnmcp.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as APN Updater belongs to software Search App by Ask or KMP Media Toolbar or Search App or Avira SearchFree Toolbar or Ask Toolbar or Teoma Search App or Oovoo Toolbar or Ask Toolbar for Internet Explorer by APN.

Description: Apnmcp.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file apnmcp.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 177,560 bytes (28% of all occurrences), 166,352 bytes and 14 more variants. 
The program has no visible window. It is certified by a trustworthy company. It is not a Windows core file. The apnmcp.exe file is a Verisign signed file. The process can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. Apnmcp.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 13% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If any problems with Search App or Search App by Ask occur, you can also do the following:

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

It's a pain in the butt. It tries to update itself (with the latest ads), and when there's a problem with the update process it puts messages in the middle of your computer screen that can't be removed. (The update process can be impaired by something as simple as installing the latest version of your browser.) Even before it becomes a pain in the butt, it is a piece of adware living on your computer. Why would anyone want that? Of course it is malware -- it generates false search results when using bing or google when it is operating "correctly," and it takes over your screen when it is malfunctioning. Calling it adware is like calling Bill Cosby a "ladies' man."
when it's being processed, and is seen in task bar, it wont let you close it which means something is just not right about it.
Hallo, seit ich die Datei: apnmcp.exe auf einem Laptop mit Win XP Home entfernt habe, die mir Wochenlang Probleme macht, das Problem war: der Mauszeiger holte sich ständig die Eieruhr dazu, um auf Irgendetwas zu warten. Das ging im Sekuntentakt ohne Unterbrechung. Auswirkungen: Beim Programm laden, Browser aktivieren, wechseln von einem Order zum Andern, einsteigen ins Internet, kopieren + einfügen, dauerte lange (Zeitverzögerungen). Nachdem ich die Ask Toolbar in der Systemsteuerung/Verwaltung/Dienste(Lokal) deaktiviert habe + danach Ask Toolbar denistalliert hatte, kam die Eieruhr nicht mehr. Fazit: Manche Programme mögen seinen Zweck haben aber in meinem Fall war es sehr störend + hinderlich. Noch nenn Tipp: bei Ihr Urteil sollten Sie noch andere Möglichkeiten anbieten. Ich geb mal: Weder Wichtig noch Gefährlich an, schlicht weg, es ist lästig + Zeitraubend. Mfg. Mac Mi.08.07.2015 MESZ
I am unable to find this in Control Panel Programs and Features so I can uninstall it, as suggested above. This appears to be more of a stealthy annoying program that creates event errors, possibly a trojan
  richard gebhart  
MWB tries to remove it as a PUP, but it acts like a zombie. It just doesn't die until you kill the system process and delete it from program files.
Mine is version It cannot be ended in task manager or deleted from pc, even when using special removal software. Change/Remove Programs shows only a program called Search App by Ask, and I get "a network error occured while attempting to read from file" and "fatal error during installation" when trying to uninstall. (Search App by Ask doesn't show up in file search results.) Had to reset IE browser and completely remove Firefox about a month ago to get rid of hao 123 browser hijacker. Yet these steps didn't remove apnmcp, which has been on pc over a year. I am not aware of it ever being part of any browser I have, yet task manager shows it is always running; it is more than just a toolbar, if a toolbar at all. It appeared on pc the same day I downloaded SparkTrust PC Cleaner Plus. Was able to remove SparkTrust file(s). From what I've seen, it consumes a max of about 4,OOO kb RAM.

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Summary: Average user rating of apnmcp.exe: based on 6 votes with 6 user comments. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. 3 users suspect danger. 2 users think apnmcp.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it.

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Best practices for resolving apnmcp issues

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