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) by Microsoft (

Description: Imekrmig.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Imekrmig.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows. The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 44,032 bytes. 
The program has a visible window. The file is a Microsoft signed file. 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. Therefore the technical security rating is 0% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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If imekrmig.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files", the security rating is 12% dangerous. The file size is 25,440 bytes (66% of all occurrences) or 44,544 bytes. The program has a visible window. The imekrmig.exe file is digitally signed. The software starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Run, MACHINE\User Shell Folders). The file is not a Windows core file.

Uninstalling this variant: If you are having problems with imekrmig.exe, you may want to do the following:
  • contact Customer Service
  • uninstall Microsoft Office XP Standard software via Windows Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 10/8/7)

External information from Paul Collins:

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)
You can keep it if you want asian fonts to display properly

Summary: Average user rating of imekrmig.exe: based on 3 votes with 3 user comments. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 2 users think 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 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 imekrmig.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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