What is ibmmessages.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 ibmmessages.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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Ibmmessages.exe file information

The process known as ibmmessages belongs to software Access IBM Message Center by IBM (

Description: Ibmmessages.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Ibmmessages.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files"—normally C:\Program Files\IBM\Messages By IBM\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 442,368 bytes (50% of all occurrences), 532,480 bytes, 446,464 bytes or 491,520 bytes. 
There is an icon for this program on the taskbar next to the clock. The ibmmessages.exe file is not a Windows system file. The process can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. The program is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Run). The program has a visible window. Ibmmessages.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 14% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you have any problems with ibmmessages.exe, you may want to do the following:
  1) uninstall Access IBM Message Center from your computer using the Control Panel applet Uninstall a Program
  2) ask for help from Support
  3) look for a new, improved version.

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

The IBM Message Center provides messages from IBM about new updates available to keep your IBM computer current.
  Chippy   (further information)
Updates apparently includes (non-IE) popups to PURCHASE new hardware too.
appears to push cpu usage to 100% every 30 seconds on older m/c's

Summary: Average user rating of ibmmessages.exe: based on 3 votes with 3 user comments. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users suspect danger.

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Best practices for resolving ibmmessages issues

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