What is tmlisten.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 tmlisten.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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Tmlisten.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with tmlisten
Tmlisten.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Trend Micro Common Client Communication Service or Trend Micro OfficeScan Communication Service or TmListen Application or Trend Micro Client/Server Security Agent Listener

belongs to software Trend Micro OfficeScan Client or Trend Micro Client/Server/Messaging Security for SMB or Trend Micro Worry-Free Business Security or Trend Micro Common Client or Trend Micro Client/Server Security Agent

by Trend Micro (

Description: Tmlisten.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Tmlisten.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files"—mainly C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\OfficeScan Client\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 614,488 bytes (24% of all occurrences), 626,776 bytes and 33 more variants. 
The program has no visible window. The tmlisten.exe file is not a Windows system file. The program listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. There is no description of the program. Tmlisten.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 60% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You can uninstall Trend Micro OfficeScan Client or Trend Micro Client/Server, update it, or get help from the software vendor. Click on to update it, click on for support, or click on Trend Micro OfficeScan Client or Trend Micro Client/Server in Windows Control Panel (Software or Programs category) to uninstall it.

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

Trend Micro Server Protect or OfficeScan. It can use a lot of RAM (all of it)
yes it is part of Trend Micro office scan. Yes it does keep urlhist.txt. If it's an office machine you probably signed or accepted an AUP saying nothing you do on that machine is private anyways. Leave it on or risk getting a virus/malware that makes url tracking the least of your concerns
Trend Micro Office Scan  
Yes, Trend Micro - but CPU-usage sometimes at 80% (together with NTRTSCAN.EXE and PCCNTMON.EXE)
Logging what you are doing everywhere. See urlhist.txt in trend micro folder
Trend Micro Updater
  bob   (further information)
Part of Trend Micro Office Scan - Sends your web history to central server, so be careful in surfing if installed on your office computer
Trend Micro Office Scan
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of tmlisten.exe: based on 50 votes with 9 reviews. 40 users think tmlisten.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 3 users suspect danger. 3 users think tmlisten.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving tmlisten issues

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