What is imscinst.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 imscinst.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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Imscinst.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with imscinst
Imscinst.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process contains no information about its author.

Description: Imscinst.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file imscinst.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows\System32. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 59,392 bytes (81% of all occurrences), 86,968 bytes and 5 more variants. 
The program has a visible window. The process has no file description. The process starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Run). The imscinst.exe file is not a Windows system file. The file is a Microsoft signed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 19% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

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

imscinst.exe(mspy2002) is a process belonging to Microsoft's Input Message Editor (IME) for translating Japanese/Chinese text within Internet Exporer. This program is a non-essential process, and is installed for ease of use.
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Summary: Average user rating of imscinst.exe: based on 3 votes with 2 user comments. One user thinks imscinst.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think imscinst.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it.

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Best practices for resolving imscinst issues

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