What is mbm5.exe?

The genuine mbm5.exe file is a software component of Motherboard Monitor by Alex van Kaam.
Mbm5.exe is an executable file that runs Motherboard Monitor 5, the fifth version of a tool that displays sensor chips readings from the motherboard in the Windows system tray. This is not a critical Windows component and should be removed if known to cause problems. Motherboard Monitor 5 is a untility software that provides users with live hardware information originating from sensor chips on the computers motherboard. The information is usally temperature readings from the processor and hard disk, as well as fan speeds. The program makes it safer for users to overclock their processors as the program automatically reduces processing power in the event of overheating. Alexander Van Kaam designed MBM for Microsoft Windows. It was initially released in 1998 as a freeware product. Development on the software stopped after 2004.

MBM5 stands for MotherBoard Monitor 5

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 mbm5.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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Mbm5.exe file information

The process known as MBM 5 Core EXE belongs to software Motherboard Monitor (version 5) by Alex van Kaam (

Description: Mbm5.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Mbm5.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 594,944 bytes (85% of all occurrences), 586,752 bytes or 594,432 bytes. 
There is an icon for this program on the taskbar next to the clock. The program has a visible window. You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. Mbm5.exe is not a Windows core file. Mbm5.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 9% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you run into problems with mbm5.exe, you can also uninstall Motherboard Monitor 5 or Motherboard Monitor software via Windows Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 10/8/7).

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as mbm5.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the mbm5.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

Mothboard Monitor 5 program file
  nagel   (further information)
Motherboard Monitor 5 Tray display TSR
Misst auch CPU und HD-Temperaturen - wird leider nicht mehr weiter entwickelt.
  User   (further information)
MBM 5 tolles tool
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Monitor program file , harmless.
If you overclock, you've GOT to have this app! Get it and use it!
  Dan   (further information)

Summary: Average user rating of mbm5.exe: based on 7 votes with 7 user comments. 7 users think mbm5.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application.

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Best practices for resolving mbm5 issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with mbm5. 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 mbm5.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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