What does the OpenHardwareMonitor.exe file do?
The OpenHardwareMonitor.exe process is also known as Open Hardware Monitor and is a part of Open Hardware Monitor or, as the case may be, Fan Control Software. This software is produced by unknown. An obsolete or defective version of OpenHardwareMonitor.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- Open Hardware Monitor has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- Open Hardware Monitor 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)
- OpenHardwareMonitor.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module OpenHardwareMonitor.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about OpenHardwareMonitor.exe Open Hardware Monitor
OpenHardwareMonitor.exe is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. OpenHardwareMonitor.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files".
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 494,592 bytes (33% of all these files), 483,328 bytes or, as the case may be, 486,912 bytes.
This process is recognizable as a window and also on the taskbar. The file has none of the usual file information, such as version number, etc. The OpenHardwareMonitor file is not part of the Windows operating system. For this reason, 16% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.
- A OpenHardwareMonitor.exe file has a 61% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Users\USERNAME". In this case, the file size is usually 494,592 bytes (50% of all these files) or, as the case may be, 492,544 bytes. It has none of the usual file information, such as version number, etc. The program executes in the background, and can only be terminated using Windows Task Manager. This file does not come from Microsoft and is not part of the operating system.
- A OpenHardwareMonitor.exe file has a 26% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in a subdirectory of C:\. In this case, the file size is usually 207,360 bytes. This process is recognizable as a window and also on the taskbar. File properties have not been internally documented by the producer or developer. When Windows starts, this process is automatically started at the same time (Registry: Run). The file was developed by a so-called third party provider - and not by Microsoft.
- A OpenHardwareMonitor.exe file has a 82% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in in a subdirectory of the "My Documents" folder. In this case, the file size is usually 207,360 bytes.
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 OpenHardwareMonitor.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 OpenHardwareMonitor?
The file spreads very slowly and does not often make an appearance. Therefore, feedback from other users is not yet available.
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How to uninstall Open Hardware Monitor or Fan Control Software
To remove Open Hardware Monitor from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.
- Click the Windows Start Button. You find it in the lower left corner of the taskbar.
- Type the word uninstall.
- Click Add or remove programs.
- Now locate Open Hardware Monitor or Fan Control Software in the list of displayed applications.
- Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
How to tell if OpenHardwareMonitor.exe (Open Hardware Monitor) 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 Open Hardware Monitor. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for Open Hardware Monitor 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 OpenHardwareMonitor.exe is causing problems for you, a good Windows diagnostic tool 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.
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