What does the PrivacyIconClient.exe file do?
The PrivacyIconClient.exe process is also known as Intel® Management and Security Status and is a part of Intel® Management Engine Components or, as the case may be, Intel® Management and Security. This software is produced by Intel (www.intel.com). An obsolete or defective version of PrivacyIconClient.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- Intel Management and Security Status has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- Intel Management and Security Status 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)
- PrivacyIconClient.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module PrivacyIconClient.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about PrivacyIconClient.exe Intel Management and Security Status
PrivacyIconClient.exe is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. The file PrivacyIconClient.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files".
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 1,923,096 bytes (30% of all these files), 1,098,264 bytes as well as 4 other variants.
The original file has a digital certificate (see its file properties). This file does not come from Microsoft and is not part of the operating system. The program executes in the background, and can only be terminated using Windows Task Manager. The PrivacyIconClient file possesses a digital signature from Verisign.com, which should confirm its trustworthiness. PrivacyIconClient.exe is capable of track other applications. For this reason, 24% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.
- A PrivacyIconClient.exe file has a 27% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files\Public Documents". In this case, the file size is usually 358,936 bytes (33% of all these files), 358,424 bytes or, as the case may be, 796,696 bytes. The program executes in the background, and can only be terminated using Windows Task Manager. It contains a digital signature from Verisign, a subsidiary of Symantec. Verisign thereby confirms this file's authenticity and integrity. It has a digital signature. This confirms that the producer has been registered with a certificate authority. The PrivacyIconClient file is not part of the Windows operating system. When Windows starts, this process is automatically started at the same time (Registry: MACHINE\Run).
- A PrivacyIconClient.exe file has a 54% 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 796,696 bytes. This particular software does not appear as a visible window, but only in Task Manager. The file possesses a digital signature from Verisign.com, which should confirm its trustworthiness. The producer of the file is registered with a certificate authority. This confirms the genuineness of the file. The file was developed by a so-called third party provider - and not by Microsoft.
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 PrivacyIconClient.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 PrivacyIconClient?
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 Intel® Management Engine Components or Intel® Management and Security
To remove Intel Management and Security Status 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 Intel® Management Engine Components or Intel® Management and Security in the list of displayed applications.
- Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
How to tell if PrivacyIconClient.exe (Intel Management and Security Status) 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 Intel Management and Security Status. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for Intel Management and Security Status 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 PrivacyIconClient.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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