What is NkvMon.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 NkvMon.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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NkvMon.exe file information

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

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

Description: NkvMon.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The NkvMon.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of C:\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 233,472 bytes (60% of all occurrences), 241,664 bytes or 237,568 bytes. 
The program starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\User Shell Folders). NkvMon.exe is not a Windows system file. The program has no visible window. Therefore the technical security rating is 50% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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

Used to sync files with Nikon Cameras via usb port
Bildübertragungsprogramm Nikon Coolpix

Summary: Average user rating of NkvMon.exe: based on 10 votes with 2 user comments. 10 users think NkvMon.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application.

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Best practices for resolving NkvMon issues

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