What is tcm.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 tcm.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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Tcm.exe file information

The process known as The Cleaner Registry and File Monitor or Total Contact Management for Windows belongs to software The Cleaner or TCM by MooSoft Development ( or Apt Projects.

Description: Tcm.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The tcm.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 388,096 bytes (83% of all occurrences) or 5,062,656 bytes. 
There is an icon for this program on the taskbar next to the clock. The program has a visible window. Tcm.exe is not a Windows system file. The process can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. Tcm.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 7% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In case you experience problems using tcm.exe, you can uninstall The Cleaner from your computer using the Control Panel applet Uninstall a Program.

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

the TCMonitor keeps track of registry keys, files and folders and alerts you if changes are detected
  Derlis   (further information)

Summary: Average user rating of tcm.exe: based on 4 votes with 1 user comment. 4 users think tcm.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application.

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Best practices for resolving tcm issues

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