What is PrivacyIconClient.exe?

The genuine PrivacyIconClient.exe file is a software component of Intel® Management Engine Components by Intel Corporation.
The Privacy Icon Client starts the Intel® Management and Security Status (IMSS) Application which presents the system tray Privacy Icon and tells whether Intel® Active Management Technology (AMT) firmware and Trusted Platform Module (TPM) hardware are present and activated. It requires the Microsoft .NET Framework. Uninstalling "Intel® Management Engine Components" via the Control Panel will remove this process. With the "-startup" runtime parameter, the Client tests for AMT and TPM and if either is absent the entire IMSS stops until the next boot. Without it, the IMSS runs without actually testing. The OEM can customize where the ME Components reside, what the icon looks like, and whether it appears. AMT's out-of-band (OOB) communication enables remote administrators to access computers even when powered off, which is a privacy issue. The IMSS Application has a new version and may change process names with each new generation, (7.x, 8.x, etc.), of AMT.

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 PrivacyIconClient.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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PrivacyIconClient.exe file information

The process known as Intel® Management and Security Status or Intel® Management and Security belongs to software Intel® Management Engine Components or Intel® Management and Security or Intel® Management and Security Status by Intel (

Description: PrivacyIconClient.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The PrivacyIconClient.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,923,096 bytes (19% of all occurrences), 1,098,264 bytes and 11 more variants. 
It is not a Windows system file. The program has no visible window. The file is certified by a trustworthy company. The file is a Verisign signed file. PrivacyIconClient.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 26% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You may want to uninstall Intel(R) Management Engine Components from your computer using the Control Panel applet Uninstall a Program.

Recommended: Identify PrivacyIconClient.exe related errors

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

This program is highjacking my SHIFT + ESC combination. I use this combination of keys for another software so I have to end PrivacyIconClient.exe
  Glenn Gundermann  

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Best practices for resolving PrivacyIconClient issues

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