What is pmxinit.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 pmxinit.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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Pmxinit.exe file information

The process known as Card enumeration module belongs to software PowerVR KYRO by Imagination Technologies (

Description: Pmxinit.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The pmxinit.exe file is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 745,543 bytes (62% of all occurrences) or 745,539 bytes. 
The software is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). It is not a Windows core file. The program has a visible window. Therefore the technical security rating is 21% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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

Ich hab noch nie was von der datei gehört... und jetzt hab ich sie zufällig mit Security TaskM gefunden und der bewertet es mit "21"
ich *habe* eine Grafikkarte, die den seltenen und nicht mehr aktuellen KYRO-Grafikprozessor verwendet. Das ist eine Hercules 3D Prophet 4000XT. Die läuft, weil sie BILLIG war. Der KYRO PowerVR Treiber benötigt diese Datei, um ein Icon in die Taskleiste zu schreiben und im Autostart mitzulaufen. Wenn alle diese Voraussetzungen NICHT gegeben sind, ist es besser, den Prozeß zu löschen, denn dahinter KANN sich ein Trojaner verbergen.
Hercules 3D Prophet 4000XT grafikkartebenötigt diese pmxinit.exe. bei viren scan als (schwach beschränkt)gemeldete pmxinit.exe datei lösch ich dann mal besser nicht
War nach Installation des Kyro-Graphiktreibers auf einmal in der Autostart. Plausibel, da Kyro-Karte und Treiber verwendet werden. Meiner Ansicht nach Unkritisch.

Summary: Average user rating of pmxinit.exe: based on 5 votes with 4 user comments. 3 users think pmxinit.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving pmxinit issues

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