What is NkbMonitor.exe?

The genuine NkbMonitor.exe file is a software component of PictureProject Monitor by Nikon.
A background process that starts with Windows, NkbMonitor runs silently and automatically detects when a Nikon camera is plugged into the computer. Upon detection, it launches the Nikon PictureProject software, which allows the user to easily transfer and manipulate image and video files. A subsidiary of Mitsubishi, Nikon Corporation is one of the largest camera companies in the world.

NkbMonitor stands for Nikon background Monitor

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 NkbMonitor.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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NkbMonitor.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with NkbMonitor
NkbMonitor.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as PictureProject Monitor belongs to software PictureProject by Nikon (

Description: NkbMonitor.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. NkbMonitor.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files"—mostly C:\Program Files\Nikon\PictureProject\. The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 118,784 bytes. 
The program is not visible. It is not a Windows core file. The software is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\User Shell Folders). Therefore the technical security rating is 52% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you still experience problems with NkbMonitor.exe, you can also uninstall PictureProject software via Windows Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 10/8/7).

Recommended: Identify NkbMonitor.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as NkbMonitor.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the NkbMonitor.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 is part of the Nikon Digital Cameras Software Picture Project
  Harald Raunegger  
It's downloaded with Nikon Digital Camera Software
Nikon Camera Software
Part of Nikon software suite. Autodetects connection of latest Nikon branded digital cameras to your PC.
  matti salminen   (further information)
Gehört zu Nikon Picture Project
Nikon Picture Project File, does not seem to be dangerous ;)
Comes with the Nikon software to monti
Gehört zu Nikon Picture Project. Nützlich, wenn man öfter Bilder von einer Nikon-Kamera zum PC überträgt.
  Alan Gledhill  
Part of Nikon's Picture Project and is not dangerous. Installs autmatically when you install Picture Project.

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Summary: Average user rating of NkbMonitor.exe: based on 10 votes with 9 user comments. 7 users think NkbMonitor.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving NkbMonitor issues

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