Imf.exe in your taskbar. What is it and how to remove it

by Gabriel E. Hall - -

IMF.exe in your task manager can cause you some system problems, such as a high CPU usage[1], system slowdowns or can even prompt the imf.exe System Error[2] “The program can not start” at every startup. If you are dealing with any of these problems, check out this article. We will provide you with the information what is imf.exe, is it safe and what actions you need to take in order to fix the imf.exe application error. 

imf.exe error

imf.exe and IObit Malware Fighter

IMF stands for IObit Malware Fighter

IObit Malware Fighter[3] is a legitimate and commonly-used antivirus and Internet security application which protects users against various types of malware and other cyber threats, such as ransomware, spyware, viruses, Trojans, rootkits and other malicious software. In addition, IObit protects users while they are surfing the Web as it detects and cleans harmful tracking data and protects users against unidentified links, phishing attempts, and suspicious downloads. As you can see, the antivirus application is legitimate and should not cause users any issues. However, if you notice higher than usual CPU usage or system errors, continue reading. 

imf.exe high CPU usage

The imf.exe executable is a type of executable related to a Windows security scanner called IOBit Malware Fighter[3]. The process takes a relatively big amount of system resources, however, it is a vital process in removing malware and viruses via the IObit Malware Fighter application. 

imf.exe error

The imf.exe system error can be caused by an incomplete or corrupted installation of IObit Malware Fighter or by a malicious application that removes the main executables of the installed antivirus applications, in order to avoid detection. 

If you have IObit Malware Fighter installed on your system, and the imf.exe executable is legitimate, you should not worry about any cyber threats. 

imf.exe in task manager

Is imf.exe safe?

Even though there are no identified malware intruders, camouflaging as the imf.exe process, Windows users can never be too careful. So you must confirm that your system is not infected by any malware.

In order to check that you are not dealing with any malicious software camouflaging as imf.exe executable, you can check it’s location. To do so:

  1. Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Then, locate the imf.exe process in the Processes tab.
  3. Right-click on the imf.exe process and select Open File Location

If the process is located in C:\\\\ Program Files \\\\ iobit \\\\ iobit malware fighter \\\\ you can relax because the executable in your system is a legitimate process.

However, if it appears to be located in a different location, then you should scan your system with a reliable antivirus program. 

Should I disable the imf.exe process?

Users should keep in mind that the imf.exe process is a vital executable of IObit Malware Fighter, so if you disable it, the software will be disabled as well and become useless.

In addition, removing the imf.exe process will cause you imf.exe – System Error “The program can not start” at every startup when the executable is needed.

However, if you still think that the imf.exe process uses too many system resources, you should remove it together with IObit Malware Fighter security suite. 

imf.exe process should be deleted?

How to remove the imf.exe process?

In order to remove the IMF.exe process, follow these steps:

  1. Open a Run command by pressing Windows key + R and type “appwiz.cpl” in the box.
  2. Then, press Enter to open Programs and Files.
  3. Locate the IOBit Malware Fighter suite, right-click on it and select Uninstall.
  4. Once the application is uninstalled, make sure to reboot your system.

After rebooting your system, check if the IMF.exe process is successfully removed from your system and does not run in your Windows taskbar.

However, once you removed the IMF.exe process, the IObit Malware Fighter application will be disabled too. In this case, we highly recommend you to reinstall IObit Malware Fighter correctly or download and install other reliable and trustworthy antivirus and Internet security application to keep your system protected. 

Resolving the imf.exe application errors

If you want to avoid any of the issues related to IMF, you should keep your PC clean and tidy. So make sure to run a scan for malware using a reliable antivirus application, clean your hard drive by uninstalling unnecessary applications and unwanted programs manually or using a PC optimization or cleaning tool. In addition, ensure to check for Autostart programs and enable Windows Automatic Updates. These steps will help you to keep your system clean and tidy and prevent any problems related to unclean PC. 

However, if you experience an actual issue, make sure to check the last steps you took on the system or the last software you installed before this actual issue appeared for the very first time. In order to do so, you can use the Resource monitor, also known as resmon command[4]. This command shows you the real-time load on CPU, Memory, Disk, and Network.


If you want to run the resmon command, take the following steps:

  1. Press Windows key and Q.
  2. Then, type cmd and the Ctrl, Shift and Enter combination to run it as Administrator.
  3. Finally, enter the resmon and press Enter to complete the task.

Even if you dealing with a serious issue, it is better to repair the installation rather than reinstalling Windows. You can also execute the DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This unique feature allows users to repair all Windows components using the DISM command. 


If you want to run the DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command, take the following steps:

  1. Press Windows key and Q.
  2. Then type cmd, and the Ctrl, Shift and Enter combination to run it as Administrator.
  3. Finally, enter the command DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth

Using these commands you can repair the installation without reinstalling Windows and losing all your data on the system.

We hope this article helps if you are dealing with the IMF.exe process in your Windows taskbar. 

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