What is mgr.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 mgr.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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Mgr.exe file information

The process known as MGR belongs to software mgr or VirtualDrive Personal by FarStone Technology (

Description: Mgr.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The mgr.exe file is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows\System32. The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 143,360 bytes. 
There is no information about the author of the file. The file is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. The program is not visible. The process is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Run). The process listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. The mgr.exe file is not a Windows core file. Mgr.exe is able to hide itself. Therefore the technical security rating is 100% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: Some malware also uses the file name mgr.exe, for example Trojan-Spy.Win32.KeyLogger.zkl (detected by Kaspersky), and Win32:Malware-gen (detected by Avast). Therefore, you should check the mgr.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

This process is used by Cerner 7/24, a healthcare application. Its required for downtime procedures.
  Roland Steeldlam  

Summary: Average user rating of mgr.exe: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user thinks it's probably harmless.

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Best practices for resolving mgr issues

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