What is ButtonMonitor.exe?

The genuine ButtonMonitor.exe file is a software component of Gateway Photo Frame by I/O Interconnect.
Available data clearly indicates the process "ButtonMonitor.exe" is from I/O Interconnect, (IOI), a USA-based company in Santa Clara, CA, with worldwide offices that has a large market share in flash media and digital media storage technologies, products and components. Different sources describe it as the principal executable module of two different IOI software products. Photo Frame is provided by IOI for Gateway and Packard Bell computers to the OEM manufacturer, (now Acer), to respond to a specific keyboard button for displaying slideshows. SmartCopy is a downloadable utility for breaking files or documents into pieces, (allegedly including unwanted adware). Using the Control Panel to uninstall either of these is said to remove ButtonMonitor.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 ButtonMonitor.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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ButtonMonitor.exe file information

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

The process known as ButtonMonitor belongs to software Gateway Photo Frame or ButtonMonitor Application or Smart Copy or Packard Bell Photo Frame by IOI (

Description: ButtonMonitor.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. ButtonMonitor.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 124,416 bytes (55% of all occurrences), 53,248 bytes and 5 more variants. 
The file is not a Windows core file. The program starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, User Shell Folders). The program is not visible. Therefore the technical security rating is 45% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If there are any problems with ButtonMonitor.exe, you can ask the software vendor, [1][2], for advice or uninstall Gateway Photo Frame or Smart Copy from your computer using the Control Panel applet Uninstall a Program.

Recommended: Identify ButtonMonitor.exe related errors

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

Used by MediaGear camera memory card reader adapters.
  MarcoPolo   (further information)
I have found out that it comes with an all in one printer to help recognize the buttons on the printersuch as the scan or copy buttons. I know mine is not working and my printer is acting up and not printing everything on the pages. I am going to try tuirning mine back on tonight and see if it fixes my printer.
buttonmonitor.exe belongs to Media Card Reader Driver developed by IOI.
  Mark   (further information)

Summary: Average user rating of ButtonMonitor.exe: based on 3 votes with 3 user comments. 3 users think it's probably harmless.

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Best practices for resolving ButtonMonitor issues

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