What is cltmng.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 cltmng.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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Cltmng.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with cltmng
Cltmng.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Search Protect by Conduit or Search Protect or Lenovo Browser Guard belongs to software Search Protect or Search Protect by conduit or Lenovo Browser Guard by Conduit ( or Client Connect LTD.

Description: Cltmng.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The cltmng.exe file is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 2,852,640 bytes (50% of all occurrences), 3,470,624 bytes and 8 more variants. 
It is not a Windows core file. The file has a digital signature. The program is not visible. The application starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: Run, DEFAULT\Run, MACHINE\Run). The file is a Verisign signed file. Cltmng.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 41% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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If cltmng.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 25% dangerous. The file size is 2,852,640 bytes (12% of all occurrences), 3,470,624 bytes and 30 more variants. The file is not a Windows system file. The file has a digital signature. Cltmng.exe is a Verisign signed file. The program is not visible. Cltmng.exe is able to monitor applications and manipulate other programs.

Uninstalling this variant: If problems with cltmng.exe come up, you can completely remove Search Protect by conduit or Autodesk Inventor Fusion (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

Important: Some malware also uses the file name cltmng.exe, for example Conduit Search Protect (PUA) (detected by Sophos), and PUA.SearchProtect or SearchProtect!gen1 (detected by Symantec). Therefore, you should check the cltmng.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If Search Protect by Conduit has changed your browser's search engine and start page, you can recover your browser's default settings as follows:

Reset default browser settings for Internet-Explorer ▾
  1. In Internet Explorer, press the key combination Alt + X to open the Tools menu.
  2. Click Internet options.
  3. Click the Advanced tab.
  4. Click the Reset... button.
  5. Enable the Delete personal settings option.
This will reset your Internet Explorer to its default settings. Your browser will start with the familiar start page and search engine—without popups, ads, cookies, but all browser add-ons are deleted too [1]. Make cleaning up your browser and your computer simpler and safer with Security Task Manager.


User Comments

Malware! Changes settings for all Browsers to Conduit
ABSOLUTELY MALWARE--often downloaded with windows.7.codec software. REMOVE, or you will be stuck with Bing forever.

Summary: Average user rating of cltmng.exe: based on 5 votes with 2 user comments. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. 3 users think cltmng.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it.

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Best practices for resolving cltmng issues

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