What is igfxpers.exe?

The genuine igfxpers.exe file is a software component of Intel® Common User Interface by Intel Corporation.
Intel’s Display Resolution Persistence Module is part of its Common User Interface which accompanies Windows drivers for Intel graphics cards and onboard GPUs such as the Graphics Media Accelerator and its HD and Iris successors. It launches at system startup. Portables should always have it running to avoid losing resolution settings for external monitors or projectors when removed or turned off, (including docking stations), and to ensure restoring the onboard display’s native values. It can cause high CPU and RAM usage. Desktops with one monitor may allow disabling “igfxpers.exe” using "msconfig" and "startups," although Intel advises not to. It should be stopped as possible disguised malware, using the Task Manager, if it is not in “C:\Windows\System32,” if Intel or nVidia graphics hardware is not in use, or if multiple instances are running. Intel Corporation, committed to innovation, is the world’s largest, highest-valued semiconductor manufacturer, headquartered in Santa Clara, CA, USA.

igfxpers stands for Intel Graphics Resolution Persistence 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 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 Intel® 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 10/8/7/XP are 114,688 bytes (26% of all occurrences), 118,784 bytes and 115 more variants. 
The file is not a Windows core file. The process is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The program is not visible. Igfxpers.exe is a trustworthy file from Microsoft. Igfxpers.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 23% 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 W32.Sality.AE (detected by Symantec), and TrojanDownloader:Win32/Unruy.C or Virus:Win32/Sality.AT (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

actually it just adds the option of "Graphic Properties" with the option of accessing the intel hd graphics control panel. if it gets corrupted , only the intel control panel will not show up but you can change the resolution from the windows personalise option. this problem only happens in PCs with intel processors.However its not even a tiny bit harmful.
Just a graphics card no virus
Location: C:\Windows\System32 File description: persistence Module (whatever that means) Copyright: 1999-2006, intel corp. (expired by 7years!!) Size: 431KB Original filename: IGFXPERS.EXE My Recomendation: disable it
This file crashes my graphics and it all goes big size, only fixable by restarting and losing whatever I am working on. Not sure if it is heat related, but damn annoying. Running XP Professional Intel Centrino Duo IBM Thinkpad
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
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Summary: Average user rating of igfxpers.exe: based on 94 votes with 9 reviews. 53 users think igfxpers.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 6 users think it's probably harmless. 18 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 12 users suspect danger. 5 users think igfxpers.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 16 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 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 igfxpers.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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