What is IPMon32.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 IPMon32.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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IPMon32.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with IPMon32
IPMon32.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as IP Monitor belongs to software Visual IP InSight or EarthLink Software by Visual Networks (

Description: IPMon32.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. IPMon32.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" (typically C:\Program Files\Visual Networks\Visual IP InSight\SBC\ or C:\Program Files\sbc yahoo!\connection manager\ip insight\). Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 122,880 bytes (53% of all occurrences), 102,400 bytes or 98,304 bytes. 
The process starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The IPMon32.exe file is not a Windows system file. The program is not visible. IPMon32.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 56% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: The software vendor offers the option to uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program > EarthLink Software).

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as IPMon32.exe. Therefore, you should check the IPMon32.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

I am forever getting debug message and error in control panel
  Millie   (further information)
Not a Dangerous file, but it does consume a lot of resources, and will not hurt the user to terminate or disable it.
  Elric Ward  
The ipmon32.exe process is installed by default with the software provided by Verizon for DSL accounts. It monitors the status of your DSL internet connection. Whether or not you use Verizon for your internet service provider (ISP) you should be able to safely stop this process.
I kept getting these error messages forever and i followed the path in the description and deleted the files!! No more error messages! thank you soo much !:)
caused desktop icons and start menu to no shot onw startup
ipmon32 is interfering with Windows XP SP2, I am currently working with MS tech support to remove it and all traces of it from my system.
I only know, that every time my PC gets turned on so does this site and I have to close it before I can
  Penny McKinney  
Client's Icons, start bar, and system tray wouls alldisappear after startup.

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of IPMon32.exe: based on 9 votes with 8 user comments. One user thinks IPMon32.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 5 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users suspect danger. One user thinks IPMon32.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it. 2 users don't grade IPMon32.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving IPMon32 issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with IPMon32. 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 IPMon32.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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