What is tbmon.exe?

The genuine tbmon.exe file is a software component of McAfee VirusScan Enterprise by McAfee.
Tbmon.exe is an executable file that runs the McAfee TalkBack Monitor, a part of McAfee VirusScan Enterprise, an anti-virus solution designed for large networks. This is not an essential Windows process and can be disabled if known to create problems. The McAfee VirusScan Enterprise lets companies manage antivirus software on multiple computers. The enterprise edition consists of a client application installed on all computers on the network, and a server application, responsible for monitoring and updating all client applications. The ePolicy Orchestrator, a unified console that can manages VirusScan controls all client systems. McAfee, Inc. is the world's largest company dedicated solely to security software. It is headquartered in Santa Clara, California, USA. McAfee was founded in 1987 by John McAfee, who later left the company in 1994. Intel bought over McAfee on February 28, 2011 for $7.68 billion.

TBMon stands for McAfee TalkBack Monitor

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 tbmon.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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Tbmon.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with tbmon
Tbmon.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as TalkBack Monitor belongs to software McAfee VirusScan Enterprise or TalkBack Monitor or AuthorWare (version 7, 0105) or SSL VPN by Network Associates (

Description: Tbmon.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The tbmon.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files" (usually C:\Program Files\Common Files\Network Associates\TalkBack\). The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 147,514 bytes. 
Tbmon.exe is not a Windows core file. The application starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, MACHINE\RunOnce). The program has no visible window. Therefore the technical security rating is 42% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you encounter difficulties with tbmon.exe, you may want to remove the entire program McAfee VirusScan Enterprise or reFX Nexus using Windows Control Panel.

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External information from Paul Collins:

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

McAfee Talk Back Monitor
  A+ Certified   (further information)
Network Associates Talkback Monitor
This file is usually running when having 100% cpu problems ....go figure....delete it.
McAfee security
TBMon.exe is used to report back to McAfee and poss the EPO Server. I am sure that it is great, however it is using 99% - 100% of the CPU Thus giving the system idle process 0% - Not good! You could remove it from the startup if on windows XP by ***MAKE A BACKUP OF YOUR REG FIRST*** clicking Start - Run - MSCONFIG - Startup. Group Policys permitting ;-)
  Chris Angell  
is part of the Mcafee viruscan application
Harmless McAfee file. Listen to "A+ Certified";

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Summary: Average user rating of tbmon.exe: based on 11 votes with 7 user comments. 7 users think tbmon.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 3 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving tbmon issues

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