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 conime.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.
Description: The original conime.exe from Microsoft is an important part of Windows, but often causes problems. Conime.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder or sometimes in a subfolder of C:\Windows.
Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 69,120 bytes (71% of all occurrences), 68,608 bytes, 27,648 bytes, 52,224 bytes or 205,566 bytes.
The conime.exe file is a Windows system file. The program has no visible window. Conime.exe is a Microsoft signed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 6% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.
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Is conime.exe a virus? No, it is not. The true conime.exe file is a safe Microsoft Windows system process, called "Console IME".
However, writers of malware programs, such as viruses, worms, and Trojans deliberately give their processes the same file name to escape detection. Viruses with the same file name are such as Worm:Win32/Emerleox.gen!A or Backdoor:Win32/Hupigon.CN (detected by Microsoft), and W32.Slurk.A or W32.Gammima (detected by Symantec).
To ensure that no rogue conime.exe is running on your PC, click here to run a Free Malware Scan.
How to recognize suspicious variants?
If conime.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 54% dangerous. The file size is 5,709,824 bytes (87% of all occurrences) or 17,408 bytes. There is no information about the author of the file. The program has no visible window. It is not a Windows core file. Conime.exe is able to connect to the Internet and record keyboard and mouse inputs.
If conime.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32\drivers folder, the security rating is 89% dangerous. The file size is 96,897 bytes (75% of all occurrences) or 69,246 bytes. It is a file with no information about its developer. The program is not visible. It is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. It is not a Windows core file. The program is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Winlogon\Shell, Userinit). Conime.exe is able to hide itself, monitor applications, record keyboard and mouse inputs and manipulate other programs.
If conime.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder, the security rating is 56% dangerous. The file size is 17,408 bytes.
Important: Some malware disguises itself as conime.exe, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the conime.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.
A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with conime. 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 conime.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.