What is mimboot.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 mimboot.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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Mimboot.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with mimboot
Mimboot.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as mimBoot belongs to software Musicmatch Jukebox by Musicmatch (

Description: Mimboot.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Mimboot.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files"—generally C:\Program Files\Musicmatch\Musicmatch Jukebox\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 11,776 bytes (60% of all occurrences) or 8,192 bytes. 
The program has a visible window. The program starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). Mimboot.exe is not a Windows system file. mimboot.exe appears to be a compressed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 22% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In case of problems with mimboot.exe, you may also uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a ProgramMusicmatch┬« Jukebox.

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

mimboot.exe is a process associated with eMusicmatch Jukebox. The process makes sure that Musicmatch is launched when starting up the system. This is a non-essential process. Disabling or enabling this is down to user preference.
It stops me from using musicmatch
MusicMatch component
if you kill this process, then the speakers wont work anymore until you reboot; at least on my PC.
re-installing CoreDill.dl
The process name is "Musicmatch Jukebox Startup"
this is a non-essential musicmatch jukebox file. You can still use the jukebox if you turn this off at startup. To turn it off, go RUN- "msconfig"- STARTUP TAB- UNCHECK MIMBOOT (you will have to restart). I have had problems with ms office help after doing this, but I'm not sure if it's related. If it gives you problems, just turn it back on. It doesn't do anything dangerous.

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Summary: Average user rating of mimboot.exe: based on 10 votes with 7 user comments. 5 users think mimboot.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 4 users think it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. 3 users don't grade mimboot.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving mimboot issues

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

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