The genuine LMS.exe file is a software component of Intel® Active Management Technology Local Manageability Service by Intel Corporation.
Intel’s Local Manageability Service (LMS.exe) should be in “C:\Program Files\Intel\AMT” or a similarly named subfolder and the computer should have Release 9.0 or greater of Intel® Active Management Technology (AMT). The Microsoft .NET Framework (2.0 or 3.5) must also be present. Otherwise the process may be disguised malware. (For earlier AMT releases, the User Notification Service, UNS.exe, should be present instead of LMS.exe.) It can be uninstalled via “Programs and Features” by selecting “Intel® Management Engine” (or “…Components.”) Windows can work without it but AMT capability cannot. It listens for messages sent by software applications that use dedicated IANA-registered port numbers and routes them to the AMT-ME in a separate processor on the motherboard. An AMT-equipped computer has out-of-band (OOB) communication ability through the TCP/IP stack separate from the OS software stack that enables remote diagnosis, repair, or isolation of the computer even when powered off.
LMS stands for Local Manageability Service
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 LMS.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.
The process known as Local Manageability Service or Intel® Local Management Service belongs to software Intel® Active Management Technology Local Manageability Service or Intel® Management and Security Application Local Management Service or Intel® Management & Security Application Local Manageability Service or Intel® Con. Management Engine Local Manageability Service by Intel (www.intel.com).
Description: LMS.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. LMS.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files".
Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 262,144 bytes (17% of all occurrences), 268,824 bytes and 40 more variants.
The program is not visible. It is not a Windows core file. The file has a digital signature. It is a Verisign signed file. LMS.exe is able to hide itself. Therefore the technical security rating is 33% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.
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If LMS.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder, the security rating is 58% dangerous. The file size is 262,144 bytes (50% of all occurrences) or 174,116 bytes. The program is not visible. The LMS.exe file is not a Windows core file. LMS.exe is able to hide itself.
Important: Some malware also uses the file name LMS.exe, for example Trojan-Downloader.NSIS.Agent.ei (detected by Kaspersky), and Generic Downloader.x!fhi (detected by McAfee). Therefore, you should check the LMS.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.
A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with LMS. 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 LMS.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.