What is I8kfanGUI.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 I8kfanGUI.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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I8kfanGUI.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with I8kfanGUI
I8kfanGUI.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Dell Inspiron/Latitude/Precision fan control or Dell Inspiron (version 8000/8100/8200 fan control) belongs to software I8kfanGUI Application by Christian Diefer (

Description: I8kfanGUI.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. I8kfanGUI.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 856,064 bytes (88% of all occurrences) or 524,288 bytes. 
There is an icon for this program on the taskbar next to the clock. The program has a visible window. The file is not a Windows system file. I8kfanGUI.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 24% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you encounter difficulties with I8kfanGUI.exe, you can uninstall the software I8kfanGUI using the Uninstall a Program function of Windows Control Panel (Windows: Start, Settings, Control Panel, Uninstall a Program), visit the website or make sure that you have installed the latest version.

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External information from Paul Collins:

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as I8kfanGUI.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the I8kfanGUI.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

Generally very useful harmless program that lets you control the amount of fan noise versus CPU temperature of many models of Dell laptops. However, it has an incompatibility with Dell Inspiron 8600's (only) that can cause your laptop to start with a warning that you have allowed it to get too hot and that it shut down to protect itself. I believe that this only happens if you are attempting to keep your laptop so cool (like, maybe you use it on your lap!) that the fan runs all of the time. When performing a normal Windows shutdown, the Bios attempts to wait until the fan turns off.
The file belongs to the I8kfan program which is very useful to set your own fan preferences. Runs always on my laptop, not dangerous.
  Dennis   (further information)

Summary: Average user rating of I8kfanGUI.exe: based on 3 votes with 2 user comments. 2 users think I8kfanGUI.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless.

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Best practices for resolving I8kfanGUI issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with I8kfanGUI. 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 I8kfanGUI.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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