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Why is the LogiOptionsMgr.exe Process Running? Is it Safe to Remove It?

Wondering why LogiOptionsMgr.exe is running on your computer? Is it a virus? Spyware? Or is it an important system process? Here’s the full story behind the process.

If you’ve been rooting around in the Processes tab of your Task Manager, you may have noticed a seemingly suspicious process: LogiOptionsMgr.exe (UNICODE). This process is one of two processes that runs when you install Logitech Options. This is software that lets you customize your Logitech keyboard or mouse. LogiOptionsMgr.exe (UNICODE) and its buddy LogiOptions.exe (UNICODE) need to be running. Otherwise, the options for your keyboard or mouse won’t take. If your Logitech stuff works at all, it’ll probably just work like a generic USB keyboard or mouse without any of your custom tweaks.

That being said, if you don’t have a Logitech keyboard or mouse, then you can most definitely uninstall Logitech Options. You can kill the LogiOptionsMgr.exe (UNICODE) and LogiOptions.exe (UNICODE) processes if you are no longer using your Logitech peripherals, and really, you should. There’s no reason to have more processes running than are necessary. Admittedly, in the grand scheme of things, LogiOptionsMgr.exe (UNICODE) has a relatively small footprint of just 3.2 MB.

To uninstall LogiOptionsMgr.exe (UNICODE), you can remove Logitech Options from Programs and Features. Right-click the Windows button and click Programs and Features. Remove Logitech Options and reclaim approximately 52 MB of space.

If you can’t remove Logitech Options from Programs and Features, delete it from the folder C:\ProgramData\Logishrd\LogiOptions\Software\Current

The LogiOptions.exe process lives in C:\Program Files\Logitech\LogiOptions

If you do have a Logitech peripheral and it’s acting erratically, try uninstalling Logitech Options and reinstalling the latest version from the Logitech website. There have been compatibility issues with other programs that caused LogiOptions.exe or LogiOptionsMgr.exe to crash repeatedly or function incorrectly. Version: 2.30.56 released on July 29, 2015, is the version that added Windows 10 support.

Conclusion

Alright, I think that’s all that anyone could want to know about LogiOptionsMgr.exe (UNICODE). If you still have burning questions, let me know in the comments or shoot me an email. But overall, this process is entirely optional. You don’t need it unless you have a Logitech keyboard or mouse, and even if you do have one, you can get by without LogiOptionsMgr.exe (UNICODE) or LogiOptions.exe.

In the future, when you are wondering what a process is and whether or not it’s malware, spyware, or some kind of virus, check out our post: Windows 10 Tip: Find Out What a Process Does the Easy Way. You can also check out our archive of Windows processes.

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Edward Bear

    I want to know what it constantly accesses the Internet and how to turn that off without affecting existing options or uninstalling the whole utility. The utility itself is quite useful. For instance, I map the right CTRL button on my Logitech K380 keyboard to be Screen Capture. However, I am operating with extremely low bandwidth and see no reason this program should be exchanging 100s of bytes/second on the Internet.

  2. Edward Bear

    Apparently, it is only generating LAN traffic and not using Internet data. This is presumably because the Logitech Flow feature requires computer-to-computer traffic on the LAN to transfer clipboard contents between computers. However, it should NOT be doing this when I have the Flow feature turned OFF.

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