What is KbdMgr.exe?

The genuine KbdMgr.exe file is a software component of Boot Camp by Apple.
KbdMgr.exe is a program that lets users install and run Windows operating systems on their Macintosh. This is not an essential Windows process and can be disabled if known to create problems. Apple Boot Camp is a group of technologies that enable users to run BIOS-based operating systems on any Intel-based Apple Macintosh. To install Windows, the program requires an Apple keyboard, mouse or trackpad, or a USB keyboard and mouse; a Windows installer disk image of DVD and at least 55 GB of hard disk space. Apple Inc. is an American company that develops consumer electronics, computer software, as well as online services. The company is known for its smartphones, tablet computers, personal computers, media players and smartwatches. Apple develops the OS X and iOS operating systems, the iTunes media player, the Safari web browser, as well as several dozen productivity suites. Apple was founded by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne in 1976, to develop and sell personal computers. The company is currently based in Cupertino, California, USA. part of a process that recognizes the connected Apple devices (iPod, iPhone, iPad) and is part of the program iTunes. You can also turn off the wireless (Wi-Fi) synchronization of iTunes, then ATH.exe will consume fewer resources.

KbdMgr stands for Boot Camp Keyboard Manager

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 KbdMgr.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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KbdMgr.exe file information

The process known as Boot Camp Manager or Keyboard Manager belongs to software Boot Camp Services or Apple Keyboard Support by Apple Computer ( or Apple (

Description: KbdMgr.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. KbdMgr.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 315,392 bytes (66% of all occurrences) or 423,216 bytes. 
There is an icon for this program on the taskbar next to the clock. The file is not a Windows core file. The program has a visible window. KbdMgr.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 KbdMgr.exe, you can also do the following:
  1) safely remove the program using the uninstall program of Boot Camp Services or Apple Keyboard Support (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program)
  2) go to the support area [1][2] of the Apple website
  3) look for a new, improved version.

Recommended: Identify KbdMgr.exe related errors

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

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