What is InsOnWMI.exe?

The genuine InsOnWMI.exe file is a software component of ASUS InstantOn by ASUS.
ASUS InstantOn is an application designed to allow ASUS computers to hibernate on a low-power mode. InsOnWMI.exe launches processes associated that are required for ASUS InstantOn to run. This is not an essential process for Windows and can be disabled if known to create problems. InstantOn is an application designed for the Windows platform that lets ASUS users keep their computers in a low-power standby mode that lasts up to two weeks. The programs offers two modes - 'Performance' and 'Battery' which save power according to user preference. ASUS is a Chinese personal computer vendor that manufactures everything from desktops and laptops to mobile phones, monitors, optical storage devices, and graphics cards. In 2013, it was the world's fifth largest computer seller, in terms of sales. The company began launching graphics cards in 2005 with their initial PhysX accelerator card. ASUS was founded in Taipei in 1989 by T.H. Tung, Ted Hsu, Wayne Hsieh and M.T. Liao, all previously employed by Acer. The company is currently headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan.

InsOnWMI stands for ASUS InstantOn Windows Media Instance

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 InsOnWMI.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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InsOnWMI.exe file information

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

The process known as ASUS InstantOn Program belongs to software ASUS InstantOn or InstantOn for NB or ASUS Power4Gear Hybrid by ASUS (

Description: InsOnWMI.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. InsOnWMI.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 590,208 bytes (50% of all occurrences), 309,888 bytes and 5 more variants. 
The program is not visible. InsOnWMI.exe is a Verisign signed file. It is certified by a trustworthy company. It is not a Windows system file. The software can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. InsOnWMI.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 10% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: If you have any problems with InsOnWMI.exe, you can also do the following:
  1) completely remove ASUS InstantOn or InstantOn for NB (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program)
  2) visit the support page.

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If InsOnWMI.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files", the security rating is 16% dangerous. The file size is 88,704 bytes (50% of all occurrences) or 100,992 bytes. The program is not visible. The InsOnWMI.exe file is digitally signed. The InsOnWMI.exe file is not a Windows core file. You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. The InsOnWMI.exe file is a Verisign signed file.

Uninstalling this variant: If you have any problems with InsOnWMI.exe, you can also completely remove InstantOn (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

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

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