Why am I posting this?

After googling this, the answers were very unclear, scattered and gave different answers. So, once I had worked out what this process was and what it does, I thought I'd help the world out and post a very clear answer here.

This Q/A covers the following:

  1. What is Conime.exe?
  2. Is it dangerous / malware?
  3. Can I remove it from the list of startup programs?
  4. Can I remove it entirely?
  • HijackThis will detect it and remove it. – user276338 Nov 23 '13 at 3:40
  • @Chris if you read the answer below, you'll see that (most of the time) removing it is a very bad idea. – OMGtechy Nov 23 '13 at 11:10

What is Conime.exe?

  • It is a system process that comes with your Windows computer.
  • It is used by Windows when support for Asian languages is enabled.
  • It is located in %windir%/System32

Is it dangerous / malware?

Whilst this is a legitimate process, malware can (and does) use this name to help it go unnoticed on your system.

If you are unsure whether or not the Conime.exe that is running on your system is malware or not, you should scan it with an anti-malware program (it's good to scan with more than one, as no anti-malware program is perfect).

Some examples of anti-malware programs include (make sure they're up to date before scanning):

Can I remove it from the list of startup programs?

If you do not use Asian languages on your computer, you can disable this startup entry. Windows may re-enable it if it decides that you need it.

Can I remove it entirely?

As this is a system file, I would strongly advise not removing this file.

If the file has been shown to be malware, please use an anti-malware program to fix the problem as messing around with system files when you don't know what you're doing can break your computer (see above for a list of programs to try).

  • Might help also to mention the default path of the real exe. – Karan May 16 '13 at 14:14
  • @Karan I can't find it where it's supposed to be located, how odd! Yet the startup entry points there...and I know it to be legitimate. – OMGtechy May 16 '13 at 15:29
  • I have disabled it now, maybe that's why... – OMGtechy May 16 '13 at 15:31
  • You could search your system (Windows folder) for it, confirm it's signed by MS and note down where it's located. – Karan May 16 '13 at 15:54

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