What is UMonit2K.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 UMonit2K.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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UMonit2K.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with UMonit2K
UMonit2K.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Gene USB Monitor belongs to software Gene USB Monitor by General.

Description: UMonit2K.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. UMonit2K.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder or sometimes in a subfolder of C:\Windows. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 45,056 bytes (54% of all occurrences), 49,152 bytes or 40,960 bytes. 
The program is not visible. UMonit2K.exe is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. UMonit2K.exe is not a Windows core file. The process starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). Therefore the technical security rating is 60% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: Some malware disguises itself as UMonit2K.exe, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the UMonit2K.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

Gene USB Monitor - not sure if its important, i disabled it/deleted it.
Is a monitoring tool for certian 7in1 memory card readers
  VI   (further information)
Monitors USB ports for insertion of Sandisk USB flashdrives
  Frankly on 2005-11-18   (further information)
I've got two identical WInXP Home PC in the office, one has UMonit2k.exe, one does not. The one with, was infected with a virus last month, and cleaned, but probably not completely. Every few hours, it complains about a USB device not being properly installed (I have *NO* USB device attached). I just noticed UMonit2k.exe, killed it, removed it.
  Mike Lee  
Monitors USB ports for insertion of Sandisk USB flashdrives
  Stuart Halliday   (further information)
Also just noticed this recently, and as a user above, just got a 7-1 card reader/usb hub, fits the bill, no wierd things from it, just curious on what is was

Summary: Average user rating of UMonit2K.exe: based on 5 votes with 6 user comments. 2 users think UMonit2K.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving UMonit2K issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with UMonit2K. 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 UMonit2K.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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