What does the conime.exe file do?
The conime.exe process is also known as Console IME or, as the case may be, eMule and is a part of Microsoft Windows Operating System or, as the case may be, eMule. This software is produced by Microsoft (www.microsoft.com) or, as the case may be, http://www.emule-project.net. An obsolete or defective version of conime.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- Console IME has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- Console IME has stopped working. A problem caused the program to stop working correctly. Windows will close the program and notify you if a solution is available. (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- conime.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module conime.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about conime.exe Console IME
conime.exe is a Windows system file. Conime.exe is found in the C:\Windows\System32 directory or sometimes in a subdirectory of C:\Windows.
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 69,120 bytes (60% of all these files), 27,648 bytes or, as the case may be, 68,608 bytes.
The conime file is part of the operating system. To verify its trustworthiness, Microsoft has provided it with an embedded certificate. This conime.exe process does not have a visible window, and does not appear on the taskbar. For this reason, 4% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.
conime.exe is a system file used by Microsoft Windows, and appears in Windows Task Manager as a process named "Console IME." However, some viruses or Trojans use the same file name in order to remain undetected (such as Trojan-GameThief.Win32.Nilage.aan (recognized by Kaspersky), as well as Backdoor:Win32/Hupigon.CN (recognized by Microsoft)).
To be really safe, you should scan your computer with two different anti-virus engines. You can use a free Anti-Malware scanner for this purpose.
Objectionable files with the same file name have the following characteristics:
- A conime.exe file has a 46% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files". In this case, the file size is usually 5,709,824 bytes. There is no internal description of the file. This conime program does not appear as a visible window, but only in Task Manager. It is no part of Microsoft Windows. Conime.exe is capable of connect to the Internet as well as record keystrokes.
- A conime.exe file has a 84% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in the C:\Windows\System32\drivers directory. In this case, the file size is usually 69,246 bytes. This file contains no information about the producer or the version. It is not a Windows system file, but it is nontheless located in the C:\Windows folder. The application does not appear as a visible window, but only in Task Manager. Windows starts the process each time that the computer boots up (Registry: MACHINE\Run, Winlogon\Shell, Userinit). This file does not come from Microsoft and is not part of the operating system. Conime.exe is capable of hides its presence from system tools as well as track other applications.
If you see this file on your hard drive or in Windows Task Manager, please make sure that it is not a malicious variant. It's a fact that many trojans try to cloak their true identity by calling themselves conime.exe. With the above information or by using tools like Security Task Manager you can determine if, in your case, the file is an undesirable variant.
What do other computer users say about conime?
| damaged by a freely distributing copy disc in korea |
|Microsoft Console IME (Input Method Editor). It executes whenever a command prompt is opened. Apparently used for Asian language input support in the command prompt. |
|Used for Asian language input support in the command prompt. |
|I downloaded a software of www.2baksa.net and believed it was installed there. |
|Has to do with asian language setups. I noticed this only after changing to japanese regional settings, and dont see any abnormal behaviour from this file |
Summary: 9 users judge conime.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. 8 users consider it harmless. However, 6 users consider this to be a suspicious process and would like to get rid of it. For this reason, 10 users have already deleted conime.exe. source: file.net
How to uninstall the program or eMule
To remove Console IME from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.
- Click the Windows Start Button. In Windows 8, look for Control Panel.
- Click Control Panel.
- Click Uninstall a program.
- Look for the program or eMule in the list of available programs.
- Click Uninstall.
How to tell if conime.exe (Console IME) was uninstalled cleanly
After uninstalling, restart your computer. Then start Windows Explorer and see if there is still a folder with the name of the software under C:\Program Files. Be sure to check the Registry as well for remnants of Console IME. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for Console IME or the name of the producer. Always keep in mind that only a computer professional should ever directly delete entries in the Windows Registry.
What to do if a program does not uninstall
The easiest way to remove any kind of software cleanly and accurately is to use an uninstaller tool. Because the uninstaller automatically creates a backup, there is no risk of anything going wrong.
Last but not least
If Windows not working quite right for you, or if startup is taking a long time, or conime.exe is causing problems for you, a good Registry Cleaner may very well help. This is especially effective when it comes to older computers that have accumulated vast quantities of "garbage data" as the result of many software installs and uninstalls.