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Is mmc.exe safe?

Mmc.exe is a executable file (a program) within Windows. The filename extension .exe denotes an executable file. You should only run executable files from publishers you trust, because executable files can potentially change your computer settings or harm your computer. The free file information forum can help you determine if mmc.exe is a virus, trojan, spyware, or adware that you can remove, or a file belonging to a Windows system or to an application you can trust.

Mmc.exe file information

The process known as Microsoft Management Console belongs to software Microsoft Windows Operating System or Operativni sistem Microsoft Windows or Betriebssystem Microsoft Windows or COM+ System Executer by Microsoft (www.microsoft.com).

Description: The original mmc.exe from Microsoft is an important part of Windows, but often causes problems. mmc.exe is located in the folder C:\Windows\System32. Known file sizes on Windows 7/XP are 815,104 bytes (39% of all occurrences), 815,616 bytes and 29 more variants. http://www.file.net/process/mmc.exe.html 
The mmc.exe file is a Windows core system file. The program has a visible window. The mmc.exe file is a trustworthy file from Microsoft. Mmc.exe is able to record inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 1% dangerous, however also read the users reviews.
In case of problems with mmc.exe, you can also completely remove C-Media 3D Audio (Control Panel⇒Add/Remove programs).

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Viruses with the same file name

Is mmc.exe a virus? No, it is not. The true mmc.exe file is a safe Microsoft Windows system process, called "Microsoft Management Console". However, writers of malware programs, such as viruses, worms, and trojans deliberately give their processes the same file name to escape detection. Viruses with the same file name are such as Virus.Win32.Dzan.a (detected by Kaspersky), and PE_DZAN.A-O (detected by TrendMicro).
To ensure that no rogue mmc.exe is running on your PC, click here to run a Free Malware Scan.

How to recognize suspicious variants? If mmc.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows\System32, the security rating is 92% dangerous. The file size is 14,861 bytes (75% of all occurrences) or 73,728 bytes. There is no file information. The program is not visible. The mmc.exe file is not a Windows core file. The file is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. The application listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet.

If mmc.exe is located in the folder C:\Windows, the security rating is 70% dangerous. The file size is 276,480 bytes. Mmc.exe is a file without information about the developer of this file. Mmc.exe is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The program has no visible window. Mmc.exe is not a Windows core file. Mmc.exe is able to connect to the Internet and record inputs.

Important: Some malware disguises itself as mmc.exe, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the mmc.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

program" Driver Tool " when I uninstalled, put it on my PC
appears when defrag is running
MMC is Microsoft Management Console, a core part of the Windows operating system. It is used to host .msc snap-ins such as Computer Management, Event Viewer, Services etc. It can be found in C:\Windows\system32. On 64 bit Windows there is also a 32 bit version in C:\Windows\syswow64.
  Chris The Majestic  
Keeps running 40-60%, slowing system down.
I know that this program can be used to control others on a home network without then realizing it. I would consider it non essential unless the computer is being used as part of a work group in a business setting. I have had 2 computers crash and had some indiscriminate use of minor's computers in my household to dump files that were mostly pornographic
  Kathy Oddie  
I can't access my computer because of mmc . I am not able to delete unwanted files, and my computer is overloaded with them I absolutely despise mmc!
  wilma Simpson  
it is Microsoft Direct Play kind of like flash but it's a very important system file
  Shashin Patel  
its the management console... you can safely kill this
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of mmc.exe: based on 59 votes with 9 reviews.
38 users think mmc.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 8 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 6 users suspect danger. 6 users think mmc.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 6 users don't grade mmc.exe ("not sure about it").

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