If you found MMC.exe running on your system and you want to know what it is, you’ve come to the right place. Here is a look at what it is and what it does.
If you found MMC.exe running on your system and you want to know what it is, you’ve come to the right place. MMC.exe is a Microsoft-created file that is built into every version of Windows since 2000. This process is safe and shouldn’t be causing any problems under normal circumstances. No need to delete or freak out, thinking it’s a virus or malware.
MMC, also known as “Microsoft Management Console,” uses host component object models known as snap-ins. These constitute various management snap-ins accessed from the Control Panel, such as the Device Manager. These management snap-ins often provide a graphical user interface for making manual changes to the Windows Registry. Below is a list of some of the snap-ins common in Windows 2000 through Windows 8. These can be launched by directly typing them into the Start Menu or a Run dialog (Windows + R).
If you are not currently running a snap-in, it is unlikely that MMC.exe will even be running. MMC snap-in dll links are stored in the Windows registry at:
MMC.exe is a core administrative process of Windows that should only be running when a related Component Object Model – aka “snap-in” – is running. This process is built-in to every modern version of Windows and shouldn’t be causing any problems. However, if you are not running a snap-in and see this process in the Task Manager, there is a chance that it is a virus disguising itself as an otherwise legitimate service.