What is LMS.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 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.

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LMS.exe file information

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 (

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 (18% of all occurrences), 268,824 bytes and 38 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.

Uninstalling this variant: You have the option to uninstall Intel(R) Management Engine Components or Intel(R) Management Engine software via Windows Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 10/8/7).

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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.

Uninstalling this variant: You have the option to uninstall Intel(R) Management Engine Components software via Windows Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 10/8/7).

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.


User Comments

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useful in corporate environment for asset management and configuration, not useful in any way for home use.
  david.bioette   (further information)
lms.exe is Intel Management and Security Application Local Management Service. Background service which is a core service of Intel's Active Management Technology.
Part of the Intel Management and Security Suite
Intel Managment Component
  Cammel   (further information)
Allows applications to access the local Intel(R) Management and Security Application using its locally-available selected network interfaces.
While running it constantly uses 35 - 40% of cpu. Stopping it doesn't seem to affect anything or do anything detrimental.
  Great Bear  
I looked it up on this site because my computer was taking at least 20 mins to boot up and I saw it was not important and found out if I need the file I can redownload it if needs be. Right after I deleted the file the computer automatically rebooted and it toke less than a minute to load up. I found the file in my processor's files and it seems like it was put there by some hacker. I think it is a possible spyware
  Brent D. Monson  
if you end this process (it has 0 CPU usage) the system prompts you that the system will restart in one minute because the system has encountered a problem.
Intel Local Management Security for the Intel AMT Chipset for remote management and troubleshooting. Utilized by many med. to Large business's to keep track of computer
  Drak   (further information)
Consumes 50 to 80% of CPU capacity. Terminate the process and CPU load drops shortly.
as long as it is located in a directory similar to this "C:\Program Files (x86)\Intel\Intel(R) Management Engine Components\LMS" then you should not be having any problems. it uses 928k of memory on my PC.
  johnathan goldstone  

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of LMS.exe: based on 24 votes with 12 user comments. 4 users think LMS.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 4 users think it's probably harmless. 8 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 7 users suspect danger. One user thinks LMS.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving LMS issues

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 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 LMS.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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