What is IMF.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 IMF.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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IMF.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with IMF
IMF.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as IObit Malware Fighter belongs to software IObit Malware Fighter (version 3) by IObit (

Description: IMF.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. IMF.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/XP are 5,768,992 bytes (16% of all occurrences), 4,474,832 bytes and 13 more variants. 
The file is a Verisign signed file. It is certified by a trustworthy company. The IMF.exe file is not a Windows core file. The process starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Run). IMF.exe is able to connect to the Internet, monitor applications, record keyboard and mouse inputs and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 14% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.
If you are having problems with IMF.exe, you can also do the following:
  1) uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Add/Remove programs ⇒ IObit Malware Fighter or IObit Malware Fighter 3
  2) look for help on the website
  3) verify that you have installed the latest version.

Recommended: Identify IMF.exe related errors

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

its helpful to remove viruses and its working well
  Thimo   (further information)
IOBIT Malware Fighter
    (further information)
it seems to slow down my computer and does not seem to be beneficial to my computers over all operation. This is not typical in my experience for an Iobit program
its a simple anti virus from iobit
  DeathHammer   (further information)

Summary: Average user rating of IMF.exe: based on 5 votes with 4 user comments. 2 users think IMF.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving IMF issues

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