What is UmxCfg.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 UmxCfg.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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UmxCfg.exe file information

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

The process known as HIPS Configuration Engine belongs to software Host Intrusion Prevention System by CA (

Description: UmxCfg.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file UmxCfg.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 801,296 bytes (63% of all occurrences), 797,176 bytes, 760,664 bytes or 740,160 bytes. 
There is no information about the author of the file. The program has no visible window. The UmxCfg.exe file is not a Windows system file. UmxCfg.exe is a Verisign signed file. The file has a digital signature. UmxCfg.exe is able to hide itself and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 24% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you experience any issues with installation of UmxCfg.exe, you can uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a ProgramHIPSCC or CA Personal Firewall.

Recommended: Identify UmxCfg.exe related errors

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

K, dunno is this is how it is for everyone else, but it takes up MASSIVE system memory (200-300mb) on my machine, and i classifiy that as dangerous :)
Part of Tiny PErsonal Firewall
came with my ca (formerly known as eTrust) security suite
it is associated with Computer Associates Int. - checks for adware and spyware -not harmful but sometimes takes up memory usage.
  James Harris  
look its impossible to uninstall. its crazy. need help please how do u uninstall it?
On my PC this is part of CA Security Center. Seems to be using a lot of cpu AND virtual memory. It was the highest cpu user (7 hours after system idle has reached 180 hours on a very idle system) and virtual memory user (365MB) . Seems to be looping and writing a lot to the page dataset . I will open a problem with CA .
  Joseph Sobry  
creating audio disturbance ,while running media player.
seems to be part of CA Sec. Ctr. To stop it for uninstall, open task manager and stop the process. instant remedy
Since I "upgraded" my CA Security Center, UmxCfg,exe and associated files have really slowed my machine down
  David Schwartz  
memory hog and bothersome
Used run, regedit and deleted CA folder. MS Security Essentials works better anyway!

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of UmxCfg.exe: based on 13 votes with 11 user comments. 5 users think UmxCfg.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 4 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 3 users suspect danger. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving UmxCfg issues

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