What is LimeWire.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 LimeWire.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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LimeWire.exe file information

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

The process known as LimeWire belongs to software LimeWire or LimeWire PRO by Lime Wire (

Description: LimeWire.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. LimeWire.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files"—e.g. C:\Program Files\LimeWire\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 147,456 bytes (46% of all occurrences), 503,808 bytes, 139,776 bytes or 581,632 bytes. 
The program has a visible window. The LimeWire.exe file is not a Windows system file. You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. The process starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: User Shell Folders). Therefore the technical security rating is 16% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You can do the following:
  1) safely remove the program using the uninstall program of LimeWire or LimeWire PRO (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program)
  2) contact Customer Service
  3) look for a new, improved version.

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If LimeWire.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\, the security rating is 12% dangerous. The file size is 139,776 bytes. The program has a visible window. The software can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. It is not a Windows system file. The program listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet.

Uninstalling this variant: You can safely remove the program using the uninstall program of LimeWire (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

External information from Paul Collins:

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

its for limewire if u have it so its not dangerous i found it in windows task manager in processes
it says its searching for limewire .exe.
download music and other files
"It's a DL-Mgr" 2-get shared MP3-AVI files via Gnutella Net & like any file "I scan it w/ Nod32 /AVG-AS /Trojan Hunter B-4 running & search 4 CLEAN files w/ Bitzi !
  GCK   (further information)
though can be dangerous if you don't understand what you are doing.
p2p file sharing. Careful what you download. mp3 have not had any problems. Wouldn't download any programs. wma, wmv, mov files (usually fake, adsponsered)
Runs fine for me, no problems. Stays as a system process after program is shut down, but can be manually shutdown from task manager.
  Music Hog  
LimeWire is a peer to peer filesharing program. Be very careful when using it is a gateway to viruses and hackers! Can be dangerous when downloading programs via LimeWire! Harmless if used to get free Music, Videos, and Pictures.
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of LimeWire.exe: based on 30 votes with 9 reviews. 13 users think LimeWire.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 4 users think it's probably harmless. 7 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 3 users suspect danger. 3 users think LimeWire.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 4 users don't grade LimeWire.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving LimeWire issues

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