What is Monitor.exe

Performance Monitor - Performance Monitor - IObit

File description

Monitor.exe with description Performance Monitor is a process file from company IObit belonging to product Performance Monitor.
The file is digitally signed from IObit Information Technology - Symantec Time Stamping Services Signer - G4
We do not recommend removing digitally signed files from IObit Information Technology

What is monitor.exe?
There are many processes with this name. Among them are a component of the ZoneAlarm firewall, PC Tools AntiVirus, ArcSoft PhotoImpression, the Dell SAS RAID Storage Manager, and a part of the Windows Server operating system.

None of these processes are essential to the operation of the system with the exception of the Windows Server one; however, they should not be terminated unless they are causing problems. Terminating any of these processes will disable the services they are associated with, including anti-virus, firewall, and Serial Attached Storage.

Dangers of monitor
As this is the name of many different legitimate processes, it is possible for virus writers and spyware vendors to disguise their malware as one of the genuine ones.

Some malicious files will have the same name but will be stored in a system-related directory. Other malware will use a name that appears similar to that of the legitimate one but with slight differences in spelling or with appended digits. It is impossible to list every possible directory where a process with this name could exist; therefore, you should investigate any appearance of this executable. The following malware is known to disguise itself as monitor.exe:
  • W32/Rbot-BPN (%SystemRoot%)
    • This is a backdoor Trojan horse that includes functionality to run a number of different types of servers, including a proxy server (allowing an attacker to use your computer for malicious purposes) and an SMTP server (for the attacker to send spam or copies of the Trojan)
There will typically be no more than one instance of this process running at any given time; however, if you have multiple pieces of software that use a process with this name, you may see multiple different processes with this name. The presence of multiple instances may be but is not necessarily indicative of a malware infection.

Common problems
  • This process uses 100% of the CPU
    • Due to the plethora of applications that can use a process with this name, it is impossible to easily diagnose the problem. Investigate which application this process is associated with and, if you do not need it, disable it.

Automatic startup locations

001 Running Processes
002 Autorun registry entries local machine
003 Autorun registry entries Current User
004 All users startup startmenu
005 Current user startup startmenu
006 Start Menu\Programs\Startup
007 Roaming Start Menu\Programs\Startup
010 Installed services
013 RunOnce registry entries S-1-5-XX users
033 Winlogon Userinit
042 HKLM Internet Explorer Extensions
063 BootExecute
073 %windir%\Tasks
166 HKCU Policies\Explorer\Run

Digital signatures found for this file

    Certificate 
57 IObit Information Technology - Symantec Time Stamping Services Signer - G4
20 ASUSTeK Computer Inc. - Symantec Time Stamping Services Signer - G4
19 Newsoft Technology Company - VeriSign Time Stamping Services Signer - G2
12 LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc. - VeriSign Time Stamping Services Signer - G2
8 IObit Information Technology - Symantec Time Stamping Services Signer - G3
7 Innovative Solutions Grup SRL - VeriSign Time Stamping Services Signer - G2
6 Innovative Solutions Grup SRL - Symantec Time Stamping Services Signer - G4
6 Evgeni Shmakov - Symantec Time Stamping Services Signer - G4
6 LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc. - Symantec Time Stamping Services Signer - G4
3 LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc. - Symantec Time Stamping Services Signer - G3
3 Evgeni Shmakov - Symantec Time Stamping Services Signer - G3
3 Microsoft Windows Hardware Compatibility Publisher - Microsoft Timestamping Service
2 Innovative Solutions Grup SRL - Symantec Time Stamping Services Signer - G3
2 We Build Toolbars LLC - COMODO Time Stamping Signer
2 Evgeni Shmakov - VeriSign Time Stamping Services Signer - G2

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82 files (Safe and digitally signed)
Some versions of this filename have not yet been checked for safety.
Warning: Some malware might rename itself to monitor.exe. Always make sure that your file is from a verified publisher.

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