What is BrStMonW.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 BrStMonW.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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BrStMonW.exe file information

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

The process known as Status Monitor Application or Brother Status Monitor Application belongs to software Status Monitor Application or Brother Status Monitor Application by Brother Industries (

Description: BrStMonW.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. BrStMonW.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 3,076,096 bytes (32% of all occurrences), 2,621,440 bytes and 7 more variants. 
The BrStMonW.exe file is not a Windows system file. The application starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The program is not visible. BrStMonW.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 51% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as BrStMonW.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the BrStMonW.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

part of software for Brother printers
  meetoo   (further information)
Printer software
Is Brother Status Monitor for windows reports paper jams and low ink. comes as part of a Brother printer driver setup.
Die Datei erscheint, wenn man einen Brother-Drucker installiert.
This seems to attempt to link to an external site, and therefore hangs my m/c up, since it starts just a little while before the browser does, generating a system error when it can't connect to whatever site it's trying to access. Infuriating.

Summary: Average user rating of BrStMonW.exe: based on 4 votes with 5 user comments. 2 users think BrStMonW.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving BrStMonW issues

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