Most antivirus programs identify ~tmpc.exe as malware—e.g. Kaspersky identifies it as Trojan.Win32.Agent.atav or Trojan.Win32.Agent.aivw, and Microsoft identifies it as TrojanDownloader:Win32/Renos.FM or TrojanDownloader:Win32/Renos.HN.
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Description: ~tmpc.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file ~tmpc.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder.
Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 87,040 bytes (42% of all occurrences), 87,552 bytes, 95,236 bytes or 71,168 bytes.
There is an icon for this program on the taskbar next to the clock. There is no description of the program. The ~tmpc.exe file is not a Windows system file. Therefore the technical security rating is 41% dangerous.
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If ~tmpc.exe is located in the Windows folder for temporary files, the security rating is 56% dangerous. The file size is 87,040 bytes. There is no file information. The program has no visible window. ~tmpc.exe is not a Windows core file.
Important: You should check the ~tmpc.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.
The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: ASecurity Task Manager examines the active ~tmpc process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known Banti-malware tool tells you if the ~tmpc.exe on your computer displays annoying ads, slowing it down. This type of unwanted adware program is not considered by some antivirus software to be a virus and is therefore not marked for cleanup.
A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding PC trouble. 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.