What is IreIKE.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 IreIKE.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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IreIKE.exe file information

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

The process known as IreIke Service Application belongs to software SafeNet VPN Client or SafeNet IKE Service by SafeNet (

Description: IreIKE.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. IreIKE.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 319,538 bytes (34% of all occurrences), 401,458 bytes and 8 more variants. 
The program is not visible. IreIKE.exe is not a Windows system file. The software uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. IreIKE.exe is able to hide itself. Therefore the technical security rating is 59% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In case of problems with IreIKE.exe, you can also look for help on the website or completely remove ITSupport247-DPMA (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

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If IreIKE.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\, the security rating is 60% dangerous. The file size is 413,746 bytes. The program is not visible. The process listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. IreIKE.exe is not a Windows system file. IreIKE.exe is able to hide itself.

If IreIKE.exe is located in the C:\Windows folder, the security rating is 80% dangerous. The file size is 51,200 bytes. There is no description of the program. The program has no visible window. It is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. The program starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). IreIKE.exe is not a Windows core file. IreIKE.exe is able to monitor applications.

External information from Paul Collins:

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as IreIKE.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the IreIKE.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 appeared after I installed Netscreen Remote access software to connect with the computors at work from home. I used Find Files search to identify where it was. It was also in Tempory Internet files, which I questioned, but decided that this was 'cos I was using Google to search the web for it
  Peter Jones  
It is a L2TP/IPSec VPN security component (although any program can be renamed to this)
i've installed netscreen vpn client by safenet
  massimo   (further information)
Netgeare VPN Software
  Vladislav Justus  
VPN Software System Tray Icon
IreIKE is part of the netscreen remote client - in this case the alarm caused by any personal firewall is wrong.
  Tom Clancy  
part of Netscreen Remote VPN client
Netgear VPN Software
IreIke appeared just after installing Netgear's VPN software.

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Summary: Average user rating of IreIKE.exe: based on 12 votes with 9 user comments. 11 users think IreIKE.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving IreIKE issues

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