What is imc.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 imc.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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Imc.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with imc
Imc.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as FriendFinder Messenger (version v4.1) or 24im Messenger belongs to software FriendFinder Messenger or 24im Messenger by 24im or FriendFinder (

Description: Imc.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The imc.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 4,053,102 bytes (60% of all occurrences), 3,284,992 bytes or 3,423,744 bytes. 
The program has a visible window. There is no information about the author of the file. The application can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. Imc.exe is not a Windows system file. The process starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: Run, MACHINE\Run, User Shell Folders). Imc.exe is able to connect to the Internet, record keyboard and mouse inputs and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 31% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You can uninstall FriendFinder Messenger, or ask Support team for help. Go to FriendFinder Messenger in the Windows Control Panel (Software or Programs section) to uninstall it, or go to for Customer Support.

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If imc.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows, the security rating is 72% dangerous. The file size is 454,656 bytes. The imc.exe file is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. The program has no visible window. The process is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: Run, MACHINE\Run, User Shell Folders). The imc.exe file is not a Windows system file. Imc.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications.

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as imc.exe. Therefore, you should check the imc.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

It is the client for friendfinder chat (incredible memory leaker)

Summary: Average user rating of imc.exe: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving imc issues

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