What is TMMonitor.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 TMMonitor.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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TMMonitor.exe file information

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

The process known as TMMonitor belongs to software ArcSoft TotalMedia (version 3) by ArcSoft (

Description: TMMonitor.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The TMMonitor.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/XP are 258,048 bytes (51% of all occurrences), 147,456 bytes, 249,856 bytes or 204,800 bytes. 
It is not a Windows system file. The program is not visible. The software starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\User Shell Folders, User Shell Folders). Therefore the technical security rating is 38% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.
If you run into problems with TMMonitor.exe, you can uninstall ArcSoft TotalMedia or ArcSoft TotalMedia 3 from your computer using the Control Panel applet "Add/Remove programs".

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

ZoneAlarm meldete heute Zugriffsversuch der TMMonitor.exe. Habe Zulassung verweigert.
  Manfred Göbel  
Dies ist der Schnellstarter von TotalMedia. Läuft im Hintergrund, damit das Hauptprogramm schneller gestertet werden kann.
Belongs to Total Media Centre from Arcsoft. This software came with my DVT USB Stick (for watching television on my desktop). It's similar to Microsoft's Media Center. It's not dangerous nor essential and can be deactivated or uninstalled without risk.
  eeZee   (further information)
Nach der Deinstallation einer Anwendung von ArcSoft bleiben in der Registry einige Eintragungen, die nicht im regedit entfernt werden können. Da verbirgt sich tmmonitor dahinter. Absolut ungefährlich, aber etwas lästig, da nutzlos.
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Summary: Average user rating of TMMonitor.exe: based on 6 votes with 5 user comments. 2 users think TMMonitor.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 TMMonitor issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with TMMonitor. 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 doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, 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 TMMonitor.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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