What is mantispm.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 mantispm.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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Mantispm.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with mantispm
Mantispm.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Spam Filter belongs to software ZoneAlarm Security Suite or SonicWALL Anti-Spam Desktop or MailFrontier Desktop or Dell SonicWALL Anti-Spam Desktop or ZoneAlarm by SonicWALL ( or Dell SonicWALL.

Description: Mantispm.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Mantispm.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of the user's profile folder—mostly C:\Program Files\ZONELA~1\ZONEAL~1\MAILFR~1\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 804,376 bytes (61% of all occurrences), 870,672 bytes and 9 more variants. 
The mantispm.exe file is not a Windows system file. The program is not visible. There is no description of the program. The file is a Verisign signed file. The file is certified by a trustworthy company. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. Mantispm.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 41% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you have any problems with mantispm.exe, you may want to remove the entire program MailFrontier Desktop or ZoneAlarm Security Suite using Windows Control Panel, turn to the software developer [1][2], Mailfrontier, for advice or update [1][2] to a possibly bug-fixed version.

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

Installed by ZoneAlarm; MS Outlook spam filter; resource-hog; optional component
  Ares Hermes  
Zemana alerted that it was logging keystrokes, I question that it a Zone Alarm process would be doing this.
It's part of the ZoneAlarm Internet Security Suite's "Junk E-mail Filter." To disable it, go to the ZA preferences panel /E-mail Protection/Main/Junk E-mail Filter and click the "Off" radio button.
It is valid only if you are using MS Outlook. For any other email client, it serves no purpose and should be disabled. It is a bit of a resource hog. To disable, within your Zonealarm program, go to the Email Protection section and turn all options to OFF. Reminder, these ONLY work if you use Outlook so do not feel threatened by having them off. As stated, the executable is mantispm.exe. New upgrades by Checkpoint/Zonealarm often have issues with getting this to function right and it is common or their Technical Support to place blame on user's system up until the day they release a patch.
Dude that claims using a bank PIN online is bogus. No banmk uses insecure PIN online. He's a firewall competitor - idiot.
  Realist   (further information)
It is at the top of my "Processes" list when my new computer freezes
It is part of the Rebel alliance and a traitor so i took it away how dare you slow down my work
  nibiru   (further information)
ZA (actually MailFrontier Desktop application) Spam blocker, but does indeed monitor keystrokes for some odd reason. If you are using ZA, it can be disabled by disabling Junk Email Filter in ZA.
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of mantispm.exe: based on 77 votes with 9 reviews. 49 users think mantispm.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. 17 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users suspect danger. 7 users think mantispm.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 6 users don't grade mantispm.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving mantispm issues

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