What is OpenHardwareMonitor.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 OpenHardwareMonitor.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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OpenHardwareMonitor.exe file information

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

The process known as Open Hardware Monitor belongs to software Open Hardware Monitor or Fan Control Software by unknown.

Description: OpenHardwareMonitor.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. OpenHardwareMonitor.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 483,328 bytes (46% of all occurrences), 486,912 bytes, 493,056 bytes or 494,592 bytes. 
There is no description of the program. The OpenHardwareMonitor.exe file is not a Windows system file. Therefore the technical security rating is 24% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: The developer Anvir provides an update site [1][2] and an uninstaller (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program ⇒ AnVir Task Manager Pro or AnVir Task Manager).

Recommended: Identify OpenHardwareMonitor.exe related errors

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

a program that monitors hardware temps and cpu power
This belongs to a program that monitors hardware process and temperature like cpu mother board and hard drive temperatures
  Chris Guggenheimer  
Cited from "The Open Hardware Monitor is a free open source software that monitors temperature sensors, fan speeds, voltages, load and clock speeds of a computer." I didn't install it directly. It came as part of AnVir Task Manager full version ( which is to be found in "Add and remove programs". Open Hardware Monitor isn't listed there separately. As both have been recommended by different computer magazines I believe them to be harmless and very useful to me.
  Francis Borne   (further information)

Summary: Average user rating of OpenHardwareMonitor.exe: based on 3 votes with 3 user comments. 2 users think OpenHardwareMonitor.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless.

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Best practices for resolving OpenHardwareMonitor issues

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