What is Connect.exe?

The genuine Connect.exe file is a software component of IBM Sametime by IBM.
IBM Sametime is a software that provides communication tools and services to enterprise networks. Connect.exe launches the IBM Sametime Connect Client. This is not an essential Windows process and can be disabled if known to create problems. IBM Sametime (originally known as IBM Lotus Instant Messaging & Web Conferencing) allows multiple people to communicate and collaborate over the Internet in real-time, regardless of their physical location. The Sametime Connect client, the Sametime Server, and numerous application development tools are part of the IBM Sametime group of products. IBM (International Business Machines Corporation) is an American corporation that develops computer hardware and software technology, and offers hosting, infrastructure and consultation services. IBM was founded in 1911 as the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company (CTR). The company currently generates over $80 billion in annual revenue and employs over 377,000 people. IBM is currently based in Armonk, New York, United States.

Connect stands for IBM Sametime Connect Client

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 Connect.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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Connect.exe file information

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

The process known as Belkin USB Print and Storage Center or SharePort Utility or Sametime Connect Application or SharePort Plus Utility or Network-USB Navigator or Belkin Network USB Hub Control Center

belongs to software Belkin USB Print and Storage Center or SharePort Utility or Sametime Connect or Advanced Calendar or BUFFALO Network-USB Navigator or Belkin Network USB Hub or Belkin USB Print and Storage

by Belkin International or D-Link ( or Lotus Development ( or MEIXIAN XIE or Buffalo.

Description: Connect.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The Connect.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,095,168 bytes (18% of all occurrences), 1,287,168 bytes and 16 more variants. 
The Connect.exe file is not a Windows system file. The process listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. The program is not visible. Connect.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 50% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You could remove the entire program Belkin USB Print and Storage Center or SharePort Utility using Windows Control Panel.

Recommended: Identify Connect.exe related errors

External information from Paul Collins:

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

Lotus Sametime Instant Messenger
  D. Kalnæs   (further information)
I agree - this appears to be part of Lotus Sametime
An instant messenger program from IBM.
Is a part of the instant message program Sametime
Lotus Sametime
This is for the Sametime Client Messenger.
is a known process that causes no problems
I can confirm that it's part of the Lotus/Sametime package
  John DeStefano  
IBM Lotus Sametime Instant Messaging and Collaboration client program. It does allow file transfer, etc., but it is not a malicious program (i.e. not a trojan). File Version I am using is and is file-dated @ 2003-06-28 19:13 (EST).
IBM SameTime Chat Client. Standard issue for IBM employees, as well as for many users of Lotus Notus email/collaboration software.
  Nikola Novak   (further information)
When u install Diskeeper 11.0.686.0, there will be one more connect.exe on your harddrive. this is a small file(10,0 KB (10 240 bytes))
If you have a Belkin Network USB hub it also uses a program you install called Connect.exe
There is a connect.exe inkluded in Silex SX Virtual Link which is used for connection to it´s USB Device Server (w.g. SX1000U)
It is also the control center for the Belkin network USB hub.
  gnuorder   (further information)
Belkin Network USB Hub
  Jay Dee  
On my computer it is located in C:\Program Files\Logitech\SetPoint which would be the mouse/keyboard program. It is 84 kb.
  Joe K.  
I have two processes named connect.exe running, one with an upper case C as in Connect.exe. any explaination?
  C OBrien  
Location: C:\WINDOWS\system32; size: 80.0 KB (81,920 bytes); tries to connect to several http servers, opens IE windows pointing to a potentially unsafe page; seems to be pointing to addresses used by, which is an ad management website; adds itself to startup and executes at system start; seems to have appeared after a Shockwave update(?)
  Sett   (further information)
Was installed on my system after installing software for the Belkin USB Network Hub F5L009ea
  Anne Meinema  
Silex USB hub application
  Mike   (further information)
There is connect.exe process for Webex Connect
  Sumit Agarwal  

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of Connect.exe: based on 28 votes with 21 user comments. 19 users think Connect.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 3 users think it's probably harmless. 4 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users suspect danger. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving Connect issues

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