What is PowerMenu.exe?

The genuine PowerMenu.exe file is a software component of PowerMenu by Thong Nguyen.
PowerMenu.exe is an executable file that belongs to PowerMenu, a program that enhances the Windows operating system by adding transparency to program windows. This file is not a critical Windows file and can be removed if known to create problems. PowerMenu lets users add and adjust transparency to programs. The program runs as a background process with nothing more than an icon in the system tray to notify the user that it is running. The program feature adjustable options that can be configured with a single click. PowerMenu is developed and maintained by Thong Nguyen.

PowerMenu stands for PowerMenu launcher

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 PowerMenu.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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PowerMenu.exe file information

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

The process known as PowerMenu belongs to software PowerMenu by Thong Nguyen (

Description: PowerMenu.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. PowerMenu.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of the user's "Documents" folder or in a subfolder of C:\Windows\System32. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 57,344 bytes (98% of all occurrences) or 65,536 bytes. 
The PowerMenu.exe file is not a Windows system file. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. The program has no visible window. The software starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, MACHINE\User Shell Folders, User Shell Folders). Therefore the technical security rating is 64% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: It is possible to go to the support area of the P website or uninstall PowerMenu software via Windows Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 10/8/7).

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

adds options to context menu (minimize to system tray, transparency, etc..)  
Same as above. Allows priority, transparency, always-on-top and/or minimize to tray.
  OnThePike   (further information)
Have watched it for a month, and it never touched the TCP/IP stack. Not a trojan. Safe and useful.
  Matt   (further information)
Great program for minimizing to the taskbar
  Steve   (further information)
Appears to harmlessly enhance functionality.
  Jim Gronek  
Installs as an option in AutoPatcher. Extremely useful with a few great options.
Just a task switcher definetly not dangerous
very useful, harmless
Small little windows addon, installed with Autopatcher or without. Useful, Highly suggest using it.
It's a VERY useful program for power users
I've used PowerMenu since I moved to the Windows platform. Great!
Context Menu addon, harmless and usefull, I use it for years now
Great program to make windows transparent
Just a task switcher definetly not dangerous
Useful but can BSOD Windows Vista or 7 if used on a frozen window.
  William   (further information)
I have used this for years, starts with WinXP & 7 automatic. right click in TITLE BAR will show the hidden menu for each open window. you can add plugins 4 more options. Tks, FIBER0PTIC/FBR, The HUMBLE Guys, Napalm & Worship.

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Summary: Average user rating of PowerMenu.exe: based on 21 votes with 16 user comments. 18 users think PowerMenu.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. One user thinks PowerMenu.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving PowerMenu issues

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