What is igfxpers.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 igfxpers.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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Igfxpers.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with igfxpers
Igfxpers.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as persistence Module belongs to software IntelĀ® Common User Interface or PERSISTENCE by Intel (

Description: Igfxpers.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file igfxpers.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder or sometimes in a subfolder of C:\Windows\System32. Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/XP are 114,688 bytes (42% of all occurrences), 118,784 bytes and 110 more variants. 
The file is not a Windows core file. The process is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Run). The program is not visible. Igfxpers.exe is a trustworthy file from Microsoft. Therefore the technical security rating is 24% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as igfxpers.exe, for example Trojan Horse or Trojan.Gen.2 (detected by Symantec), and TrojanDownloader:Win32/Unruy.C (detected by Microsoft). Therefore, you should check the igfxpers.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

disable it , on run command type msconfig - startup - disable the igfxpers and then click apply button
the igfxpers /igfxsrvc files crash regularly on XP. Needing a reboot when they do.
Certain games get dimmed when minimized and restored back while this exact process is running (example, Sims3). Waste of memory IMO.
It's in my system32 and i cant delete it
This file comes shipped along with Intel and nVidia graphics drivers for Windows. This process keeps the screen resolution 'in sync' by switching to the appropriate resolution when a projector or external monitor is plugged in, then returns back to native resolution when the projector/monitor is unplugged. For example, your notebook's native resolution was 1366x768, and your external monitor is 1280x1024. The igfxpers process will switch both monitors to 1024x768 while the notebook's lid is open, igfxpers will switch the notebook monitor off and set the external monitors resolution to it's native 1280x1024, and then when you unplug the external monitor, igfxpers will switch the notebook's monitor back to it's native 1366x768. The igfxpers process will use CPU only when it needs to, typically during screen resolution change events and connections/disconnections of external monitors and other display devices. Don't recommend disabling on notebook devices, safe to disable on desktop PCs if you use a single monitor.
Intel Graphics Media Media Accelerator Driver
If it is in the C:\ProgramData folder on a Windows 7 system, it is the FBI virus
You can just end process, and disable on startup, by running MSconfig.
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Summary: Average user rating of igfxpers.exe: based on 85 votes with 9 reviews. 46 users think igfxpers.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 6 users think it's probably harmless. 17 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 12 users suspect danger. 4 users think igfxpers.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 15 users don't grade igfxpers.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving igfxpers issues

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