How to remove the imsmn virus

Most antivirus programs identify imsmn.exe as malware—for instance BitDefender identifies it as Trojan.Downloader.Zlob.AAHM, and Avast identifies it as Win32:Zlob-ZK.

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Imsmn.exe file information

The process belongs to software IExplorer Security Plug-in or Messenger Service by unknown.

Description: Imsmn.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Imsmn.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 6,656 bytes (89% of all occurrences) or 7,168 bytes. 
There is no information about the author of the file. The program has no visible window. Imsmn.exe is not a Windows system file. Imsmn.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 57% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you run into problems with imsmn.exe, you may want to completely remove IExplorer Security Plug-in or Messenger Service (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

Recommended: Identify imsmn.exe related errors

Important: You should check the imsmn.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

This is a spyware/adaware program that embeds itself in the computer and won't be picked up by Ad-Aware (Lava Soft) or Norton. This program causes numerous pop-ups that spoof Windows Firewall and other warnings that if the user is not absoultely familar with will appear to be legimate warmings.
  Dave   (further information)

Summary: Average user rating of imsmn.exe: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user thinks imsmn.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving imsmn issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: Security Task Manager examines the active imsmn process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known anti-malware tool tells you if the imsmn.exe on your computer displays annoying ads, slowing it down. This type of unwanted adware program is not considered by some antivirus software to be a virus and is therefore not marked for cleanup.

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding PC trouble. 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.

Other processes

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