What is KEM.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 KEM.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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KEM.exe file information

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

The process known as Logitech SetPoint belongs to software SetPoint Files by Logitech (

Description: KEM.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. KEM.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of C:\—normally C:\Program Files\Logitech\SetPoint\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 581,632 bytes (71% of all occurrences), 573,440 bytes or 561,152 bytes. 
The KEM.exe file is not a Windows system file. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. The program is not visible. The program is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\User Shell Folders, MACHINE\Run). KEM.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 62% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In case of problems with KEM.exe, you can also completely remove Logitech SetPoint (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

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

Logitech MX1000 Software
Changes mouse configuration
MX1000 Software
Appeard after installing Logitech Mouse Software
Driver/Controller for Logitech MX1000 Mouse
Used for keeping configured Mouse Buttons on MX1000 in use
Logitec software, appears to be spyware but is harmless
  greg   (further information)
Also used for MX900 BT Mouse
Logitech MX1000 Software
Logitech DeskTop Software
MX 1000 mouse software
Used for Logitech Mouse configuration
Caused my computer to have an infinate loop and keep restarting
It is a part of the Logitech Setpoint files. This file is created when you install Logitech Wireless Mouse
logitec software for mouse mx 1100
it can take up alot of cpu mem. if left open for a long time best to close and then reopen atleast once every 3 days depending on use
Logitech MX1000 Software
while running on Windows 2000 SP 4 VB6SP6 simple app (like form that does not do anything!!) leaks memory. Memory is returned by VB app as soon as KEM.exe is stopped.
Drivers for Logitech keyboard/mouse
logitech setpoint software. is NOT essential for windows.
Logitech MX1000 Software
Logitech mx1000 software

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of KEM.exe: based on 39 votes with 23 user comments. 25 users think KEM.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. 9 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. 2 users think KEM.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving KEM issues

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