What is Tmlisten.exe

Trend Micro Common Client Communication Service - Trend Micro Common Client - Trend Micro Inc.

File description

Tmlisten.exe with description Trend Micro Common Client Communication Service is a process file from company Trend Micro Inc. belonging to product Trend Micro Common Client.
The file is digitally signed from Trend Micro, Inc. - VeriSign Time Stamping Services Signer - G2
We do not recommend removing digitally signed files from Trend Micro, Inc.

What is TmListen.exe?
This is the Trend Micro OfficeScan Listener. It is installed with Trend Micro OfficeScan to check for updates to virus definitions and for software updates.

This process is not essential to the operation of the system; however, it should not be terminated or disabled unless necessary. By killing this process, you will lose the update functionality of OfficeScan until the next reboot. If you wish to disable this process permanently, you should turn off automatic updates within OfficeScan.

Dangers of TmListen
As this is a legitimate executable that comes with Trend Micro anti-virus and internet security products, it is possible for virus writers and spyware vendors to disguise their malware as the genuine one.

Some malicious files may have the same name as this process but be stored somewhere other than in %ProgramFiles%\Trend Micro\OfficeScan Client. Other malware may use a name that appears similar to that of the legitimate one but with slight differences in spelling or with appended digits. While there are currently no known viruses, Trojans, or adware applications that disguise themselves as this process, you should look out for the presence of this file in an incorrect location or with a slightly different name.

There should never be more than one instance of TmListen.exe running at a given time on a system. The presence of multiple instances may be an indicator of a malware infection. If you do not have any Trend Micro security software, the presence of this executable is a likely sign of a virus infection.

Common problems
  • This program listens on port 12345
    • This is normal behavior. It allows OfficeScan to download updates as soon as they become available. If you do not desire this behavior, disable automatic updating.
  • This process occasionally uses 100% CPU
    • This can occur when there is another piece of security software conflicting with OfficeScan. If you have any other security software installed, try disabling it.
    • If the usage does not go down, perform a reinstallation.

Automatic startup locations

001 Running Processes
010 Installed services

Digital signatures found for this file

    Certificate 
119 Trend Micro, Inc. - VeriSign Time Stamping Services Signer - G2
56 Trend Micro, Inc. - COMODO Time Stamping Signer
11 Trend Micro, Inc. - VeriSign Time Stamping Services Signer
9 Trend Micro, Inc. - Symantec Time Stamping Services Signer - G3
6 Trend Micro, Inc. - COMODO SHA-1 Time Stamping Signer

MD5 security rating in our database

90 files (Not yet rated and not signed)
37 files (Not yet rated and digitally signed)
168 files (Safe and digitally signed)
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