What is ConsumerInput.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 ConsumerInput.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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ConsumerInput.exe file information

The process known as Consumer Input or Consumer Input Client Software belongs to software Consumer Input Software or Consumer Input by Compete (

Description: ConsumerInput.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. ConsumerInput.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/XP are 126,976 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 390,488 bytes or 284,256 bytes. 
The program has no visible window. The software starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: Run). The ConsumerInput.exe file is not a Windows core file. ConsumerInput.exe is a Verisign signed file. ConsumerInput.exe is certified by a trustworthy company. ConsumerInput.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 40% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.
It is possible to uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Add/Remove programs ⇒ Consumer Input Software.

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

An opt-in Survey/Research application, does not serve advertising
  John Chew   (further information)
It uses up my CPU and slows my computer to a standstill
Slowed my computer to nearly a crawl
It's a market research / survey application that you download when you join their online panel
  Lee McMahon   (further information)
Skip installing it - The application tracks your Internet habits to gather commercial info and also serves you paid surveys
  V Donthi  
I would look closely at where it is installed and check with other users of your pc, if legitimately installed by a user it is being used as part of a survey possibly to earn money to provide anonymous opinions of web content used by your machine. uses about 2 MB of RAM with 2 processes running. if you or someone using your machine did not install it I would recomend removal.
  Ray Haning   (further information)
Downloaded it for 30 days-extra points
  Paul Azcheio  
It collects the following information from your computer: every single website you visited and when, videos you watch, behavior on social networks, passwords and credit cards and any other form data, files you download or upload, your banking/health information if you access it online, and maybe more.
  CJ   (further information)
Definately Malware. Showed up on my system and was caught by PrivateFirewall when it tried to connect to the Internet. I had to uninstall something like 90 files, all caught by Malwarebytes as a PUP (potentially unwanted program). It was even running an updater!

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Summary: Average user rating of ConsumerInput.exe: based on 9 votes with 9 user comments. One user thinks ConsumerInput.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 4 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users suspect danger. 2 users think ConsumerInput.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it.

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Best practices for resolving ConsumerInput issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with ConsumerInput. 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 doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, 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 ConsumerInput.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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