What is DrvMon.exe?

The genuine DrvMon.exe file is a software component of Alcor Micro Drive Monitor by Alcor Micro.
This file known as 'DrvMon.exe' runs the Drive Monitor software in Windows XP that sits quietly and monitors for memory card insertion. When a memory card is inserted, the file starts the application and it will show as a running process. The purpose for this file is to make sure that the card does not get corrupted from inserting and/or removing from the PC.

DrvMon stands for Drive Monitor

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 DrvMon.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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DrvMon.exe file information

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

The process known as Drive Monitor belongs to software Alcor Micro, Corp. Drive Monitor by Alcor Micro (

Description: DrvMon.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. DrvMon.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 53,248 bytes. 
DrvMon.exe is not a Windows system file. The process is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: Run, MACHINE\Run). The program has no visible window. The file is an unknown file in the Windows folder. DrvMon.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 59% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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

drvmon.exe is a process associated with the Alcor Micro Drive Monitor software. This program is non-essential process to the running of the system, but should not be terminated unless suspected to be causing problems.
Kann ohne Probleme aus Autostart-Eintr├Ągen entfernt werden
  R Schmid  
It complied with the location and size description above. I think it was crashing my svchost.exe process. I never saw it before in my Run section of registry until now.
  Abhishek Chatterjee  

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Summary: Average user rating of DrvMon.exe: based on 7 votes with 3 user comments. One user thinks DrvMon.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 2 users suspect danger. 3 users think DrvMon.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it.

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Best practices for resolving DrvMon issues

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