The genuine Iap.exe file is a software component of OpenManage Instrumentation Access Provider by Dell.
Internet Access Provider runs in the background to service Dell's OpenManage Client Instrumentation software and allow for communication through the internet. OpenManage Client Instrumention is compatible with several different enterprise consoles that provide information about workstations on your network. It allows you to service and update the workstations from a single enterprise console.
IAP stands for Instrumentation Access Provider Module
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 Iap.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: Iap.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Iap.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files"—common is C:\Program Files\Dell\OpenManage\Client\.
Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 155,648 bytes (55% of all occurrences), 163,840 bytes and 4 more variants.
The Iap.exe file is not a Windows core file. The program is not visible. You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. Therefore the technical security rating is 26% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.
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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as Iap.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the Iap.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 Iap. 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 Iap.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.