What does the tmPfw.exe file do?
The tmPfw.exe process is also known as Trend Micro Personal Firewall Service or, as the case may be, TmPfw and is a part of Trend Micro Network Security Components or, as the case may be, Trend Micro Client/Server Security Agent. This software is produced by Trend Micro (www.trendmicro.com). An obsolete or defective version of tmPfw.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- Trend Micro Personal Firewall service has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- Trend Micro Personal Firewall service 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)
- tmPfw.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module tmPfw.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about tmPfw.exe Trend Micro Personal Firewall service
tmPfw.exe is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. TmPfw.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files".
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 497,008 bytes (60% of all these files), 497,080 bytes or, as the case may be, 585,789 bytes.
The program executes in the background, and can only be terminated using Windows Task Manager. The file was developed by a so-called third party provider - and not by Microsoft. This process is receiving or sending data on the LAN (your local network) or on the Internet. You can use Windows Control Panel (Programs icon) to completely remove the software. The original file is digitally signed. Check your file. It has a digital signature. This confirms that the producer has been registered with a certificate authority. TmPfw.exe is capable of send data out to the Internet, record keystrokes as well as make itself undetectable by other programs. For this reason, 35% 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 tmPfw.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.
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Summary: 10 users judge tmPfw.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. source: file.net
How to uninstall Trend Micro Network Security Components or Trend Micro Client/Server Security Agent
To remove Trend Micro Personal Firewall service 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 Trend Micro Network Security Components or Trend Micro Client/Server Security Agent in the list of displayed applications.
- Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
How to tell if tmPfw.exe (Trend Micro Personal Firewall service) 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 Trend Micro Personal Firewall service. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for Trend Micro Personal Firewall service 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 tmPfw.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.