What is imscmig.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 imscmig.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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Imscmig.exe file information

The process known as Microsoft Pinyin IME Installer or Microsoft Pinyin IME (version 2007) belongs to software Microsoft Office (version 2003) or Microsoft® Pinyin IME (version 2007) by Microsoft (

Description: Imscmig.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Imscmig.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 13,368 bytes (66% of all occurrences), 32,112 bytes or 17,248 bytes. 
The program has a visible window. The software can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. The software is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). It is not a Windows system file. Imscmig.exe is certified by a trustworthy company. Therefore the technical security rating is 5% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: In case you experience problems using imscmig.exe, you may also uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program > Microsoft Office 2003 or Microsoft Pinyin IME 2007).

Recommended: Identify imscmig.exe related errors

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


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Best practices for resolving imscmig issues

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