What does the Procmon.exe file do?
The Procmon.exe process is also known as Process Monitor and is a part of Sysinternals Procmon or, as the case may be, Sysinternals Utilities. This software is produced by Sysinternals - www.sysinternals.com (technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals). An obsolete or defective version of Procmon.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- Process Monitor has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- Process 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)
- Procmon.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module Procmon.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about Procmon.exe Process Monitor
Procmon.exe is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. The file Procmon.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Users\USERNAME" or sometimes in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files".
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 2,046,608 bytes (33% of all these files), 2,483,904 bytes or, as the case may be, 244,224 bytes.
This process does not appear as a visible window, but only in Task Manager. The Procmon file is not part of the Windows operating system. Procmon.exe has a digital signature. This confirms that the producer has been registered with a certificate authority. Procmon.exe is capable of monitor other applications as well as log keyboard entries. For this reason, 55% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.
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 Procmon.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 Procmon?
| Procmon.pmb Process Monitor stores all monitoring data in --procmon.pmb-- in Win 7 it's in: C:\Windows, size cm. keep contents-if not deleted, can reach several GBs |
|In internet or driver scaner |
|Process Monitor built by Microsoft. used to find and locate Process and Services taking too long to boot or making your computer go slow. Advanced Uuser or IT techs only. |
Summary: One user judges Procmon.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. source: file.net
How to uninstall Sysinternals Procmon or Sysinternals Utilities
To remove Process 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 Sysinternals Procmon or Sysinternals Utilities in the list of displayed applications.
- Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
How to tell if Procmon.exe (Process 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 Process Monitor. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for Process 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 Procmon.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.