Imf.exe is an executable program file associated with IOBit Malware Fighter. IOBit Malware is a security scanner software program for the Windows operating systems. The IoBit Malware Fighter is meant for detecting and removing adware, malware, spyware, trojans, bots, etc. Very rarely, the imf.exe file also gets infected by malware. (Doctors are also prone to diseases!)
Common imf.exe Error Messages
Some of the most common imf.exe errors are listed below.
- imf.exe not found.
- imf.exe Application Error.
- Faulting Application Path: imf.exe
- imf.exe is not running.
- imf.exe failed.
- Cannot find imf.exe.
- imf.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience.
- imf.exe is not a valid Win32 application.
- Error starting program: imf.exe.
Facts about Imf.exe file
Imf.exe is located in the folder C:Program FilesIObitIObit Malware Fighter. The publisher of the file is IObit and the Publisher’s URL is IObit.com. The file is having a size of 74.57 MB in most windows installations.
Is Imf.exe Safe or a Virus?
The answer to this question depends on the file location, its size, publisher name, etc. These values should match with the given values in the above paragraph, “Facts about Imf.exe file”.
If the values differ, the chances are that the file is infected with malware. In that case, you need to confirm if the file is indeed infected with any malware or not.
How to Check if Imf.exe File is Malware Infected or Not?
There are different methods to check malware infections. Normally, the antivirus program can detect and remove malware. Since the malware checking program, IOBit Malware Fighter, itself is suspected to be malware-infected, we well go for an alternative method to confirm the presence of malware and take remedial actions if required. This is done by Clean booting the computer or laptop to confirm the malware infection.
Clean Booting to Verify Malware Infection
To do a clean booting of your computer or laptop, follow the below-given instructions.
- Press the Windows and R keys simultaneously.
- Type “msconfig” (without the quotation marks) into the popup box.
- Click on the “OK” button.
- Then, click the “Services” tab.
- Make sure to check the box “Hide all Microsoft services”.
- Now, click on the “Disable all” at the bottom.
- If you are using Vista, Windows 7, or any other previous versions of Windows, please go to step 9. Otherwise, follow step 8.
- Click on the “Startup” tab. Then, click on the “Open Task Manager”. “Enabled” values should be made “Disabled”. This can be done by clicking on the process name and then clicking on the “Disable” button at the bottom. (Please take a note of all enabled process names.) Close the window and click on “Apply” and “OK”.
- This step is only for Windows Vista, Windows 7, or any other older versions of Windows users. Click on the “General” tab and then select “Selective startup”. Remove the checkmark next to “Load startup items”. Close the window and make sure to click on “Apply” and “OK”.
- Restart the computer or laptop.
- Check if the malware issue is fixed or not. If there are no malware issues, it can be assumed that the file is not infected with malware. Any process or startup program may be causing the error. You have now identified the problematic area. You need to resolve this also. This is done in the next step.
- Once the problem is identified, you need to “Enable” any services that were “Disabled” in the “Startup” tab. Also, “Enable” any programs that have been “Disabled” in the Task Manager. (This should be done one by one. Restart the computer or laptop after enabling one service or program.) Check if there is an error. If there are no errors, enable the next service or program and repeat the process until all disabled services and programs are re-enabled. If you encounter an error after any service or program is enabled, please update the driver files for that service or program.
How to Remove or Fix Imf.exe File?
Different methods to remove or fix the malware infections are described below.
1. Uninstall / Reinstall IOBit Malware Fighter Program
The Imf .exe file can be removed by uninstalling the IOBit Malware Fighter Program. If you reinstall the program with a new copy, the malware issue also gets resolved.
To uninstall this program, follow the steps given below.
- Type “add or remove” into the search bar at the bottom of the screen on the taskbar.
- Click on “Add or remove programs”.
- Click on the “IOBit Malware Fighter ”, from the list of programs.
- Then, click on “Uninstall”.
- Confirm the action by clicking on “Uninstall” again.
- Follow the prompts to complete the uninstallation process.
- This removes any malware associated with the Imf.exe file, which is part of the IOBit Malware Fighter Program.
To reinstall the program, do the following.
- Go to the web site of the IOBit Malware Fighter Program, https://www.iobit.com/en/malware-fighter.php.
- Download the latest version of the IOBit Malware Fighter Program (Version 7 as on February 4th, 2020).
- Click on the downloaded file.
- Click “Yes” to confirm the installation. Follow the prompts and complete the installation of the IOBit Malware Fighter Program.
- Check if the imf.exe malware issues are resolved or not.
2. Remove Privileges for Imf.exe
You can remove the read and execute permissions for the Imf.exe file. This can resolve the malware issue. This does not delete the file. To remove the read and execute permissions, follow the instructions given below.
- Go to Windows Explorer.
- Find the Imf.exe file. (The file location is given in the top portion of this article.)
- Right-click on the file name.
- Now, go to the “Security” tab and for each entry in the top portion.
- Remove the privileges. (i.e. “Read & execute” permissions must be made to “Deny”, under every “Group or user names”. This can be done by clicking on the “Edit” button.)
- Check and confirm that the Imf.exe malware issue is fixed.
Conclusion: imf.exe is a program file that is associated with IOBit Malware Fighter antivirus software. Very rarely, this file may also get infected with malware! You need to confirm if the file is indeed malware-infected or not, before taking any action on the file.
Malware infections can be confirmed by doing a clean booting of the computer or laptop. If the file is affected with any malware, you need to take remedial action like uninstalling the programs or updating the program or service with a new set of malware-free files.