What is utilman.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 utilman.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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Utilman.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with utilman
Utilman.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as UtilMan EXE belongs to software Microsoft Windows Operating System by Microsoft (

Description: The original utilman.exe is an important part of Windows and rarely causes problems. The file utilman.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 50,176 bytes (51% of all occurrences), 53,248 bytes and 4 more variants. 
The program has no visible window. The utilman.exe file is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. It is not a Windows core file. Utilman.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 38% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

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

starts with hackmon.exe (unhackme monitor) - clean !
it is the executable file for the Ease Of Access
  Afshar hussain  
utilman.exe is the Windows Utility manager giving you access to useful UI settings within Windows.
Press Win+U to find out
Utility Manager application which can be started via "Start \ Programs \ Accessories \ Accessibility \ Utility Manager" or by Windows-Key+U. The Utility Manager allows the user to configure through the one window the following special Accessibility features : Magnifier, Narrator, and On-Screen Keyboard. I've rated it as dangerous as there are well known exploits for this file.
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Summary: Average user rating of utilman.exe: based on 5 votes with 5 user comments. 2 users think utilman.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.

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Best practices for resolving utilman issues

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