What is Iap.exe?

The genuine Iap.exe file is a software component of OpenManage Instrumentation Access Provider by Dell.
Internet Access Provider runs in the background to service Dell's OpenManage Client Instrumentation software and allow for communication through the internet. OpenManage Client Instrumention is compatible with several different enterprise consoles that provide information about workstations on your network. It allows you to service and update the workstations from a single enterprise console.

IAP stands for Instrumentation Access Provider

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 Iap.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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Iap.exe file information

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

The process known as Iap Module or OMCI belongs to software OpenManage Client Instrumentation or OMCI by Dell ( or Dell Computer (

Description: Iap.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Iap.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files"—common is C:\Program Files\Dell\OpenManage\Client\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 155,648 bytes (55% of all occurrences), 163,840 bytes and 4 more variants. 
The Iap.exe file is not a Windows core file. The program is not visible. You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. Therefore the technical security rating is 26% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You can also do the following:

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External information from Paul Collins:

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

Questionable Dell utility, but not malicious
  deanc   (further information)
Core service for the Dell OpenManage Client Instructions (OMCI), if youre not using this then its fine to terminate it.
Part of Dell's managed client software. Not malicious. Enables remore administration of the client in a large network setting.
Known to leak memory on customer's computers

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of Iap.exe: based on 8 votes with 4 user comments. 4 users think Iap.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 thinks Iap.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving Iap issues

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