What is imekrmig.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 imekrmig.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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Imekrmig.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with imekrmig
Imekrmig.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Microsoft Korean IME (version 2002) or Microsoft IME (version 2003) belongs to software Microsoft Korean IME (version 2002) or Microsoft IME (version 2003) or Microsoft Office (version 2003) by Microsoft (

Description: Imekrmig.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Imekrmig.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files". Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/XP are 19,520 bytes (66% of all occurrences), 25,440 bytes or 44,544 bytes. 
The program has a visible window. The file is digitally signed. The application starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Run, MACHINE\User Shell Folders). The imekrmig.exe file is not a Windows core file. The program can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. Therefore the technical security rating is 10% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.
If you are having problems with imekrmig.exe, you may want to uninstall Microsoft Office Professional or Microsoft Office 2003 software via Windows Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 8/7/Vista).

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If imekrmig.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows, the security rating is 4% dangerous. The file size is 44,032 bytes. The program has a visible window. The file is a Microsoft signed file. The software starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Run, MACHINE\User Shell Folders). Imekrmig.exe is not a Windows system file.

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

Appeared after installing Asian language support in Windows XP. Path seems to be c:\windows\ime\imkr_6_1\ and c:\windows\system32\ime\. 5 .exe files in total.
Microsoft's Korean Input Method Editor. Startup task found on PCs where the East Asian languages have been installed through the Regional and Language options icon in the Control Panel. This task ensures that your PC is able to display Korean and also that you are able to input characters in Korean should you need to.
  Joanna   (further information)

Summary: Average user rating of imekrmig.exe: based on 2 votes with 2 user comments. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving imekrmig issues

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