What is OemReset.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 OemReset.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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OemReset.exe file information

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

The process known as OemReset MFC Application or OEM Reset Reminder belongs to software OemReset Application or OemReset by SoftThinks (

Description: OemReset.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. OemReset.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows—generally C:\windows\OPTIONS\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 319,488 bytes (20% of all occurrences), 303,104 bytes, 155,648 bytes, 282,624 bytes or 290,816 bytes. 
The program has a visible window. The program starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, MACHINE\User Shell Folders). The file is not a Windows core file. There is no description of the program. OemReset.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 25% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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

created by Soft Think
Just came up when I booted my system...I have no clue what it is...I have been having lots of probs with my comp though.
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Summary: Average user rating of OemReset.exe: based on 1 vote with 3 user comments. One user thinks OemReset.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 3 users don't grade OemReset.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving OemReset issues

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