What is iked.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 iked.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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Iked.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with iked
Iked.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as IKE Daemon or ShrewSoft IKE Daemon belongs to software Shrew Soft VPN Client by Shrew Soft (

Description: Iked.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Iked.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 957,712 bytes (31% of all occurrences), 716,800 bytes and 6 more variants. 
There is no information about the author of the file. The program is not visible. Iked.exe is not a Windows core file. The iked.exe file is certified by a trustworthy company. The file is a Verisign signed file. Iked.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 41% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you want to remove the program completely, go to Control Panel ⇒ Software ⇒ Shrew Soft VPN Client.

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

Unbedingt erforderlich für Shrew VPN Client (z.B: für LANCOM-VPN)
  Michael   (further information)
VPN cryptographic software
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Summary: Average user rating of iked.exe: based on 1 vote with 2 user comments. One user thinks iked.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving iked issues

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