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Should I remove Intel Management Engine Components?

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Global Rank #6
United States Rank #9
Reach 32.1277%
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Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 17.96 days
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Average installed length: 278.44 days


VersionDistribution 0.92% 0.80% 0.24% 3.80% 0.57% 0.04% 4.78% 3.91% 2.41% 0.16% 0.05% 0.04% 0.02% 0.00% 0.33% 0.00% 0.00% 0.55% 0.02% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.15% 0.00% 0.18% 0.12% 0.05% 0.35% 1.72% 1.47% 0.02% 0.00% 0.02% 1.42% 0.45% 0.13% 0.00% 0.00% 3.02% 0.01% 0.00% 15.80% 0.00% 0.01% 0.00% 0.00% 0.84% 1.55% 2.19% 0.17% 0.02%
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Intel Management Engine Components

What is Intel Management Engine Components?

This program provides the Intel Management Engine Components Driver for supported notebooks with supported operating systems. The Intel management Components monitor the installed Intel hardware, such as chip sets, storage, and other components. They will notify you if there are problems, updated drivers, and other information about those components. These components installed by the computer manufacturer automatically during the OS installation. Intel Active Management Technology (AMT) is hardware-based technology for remotely managing and securing PCs out-of-band. Intel AMT is available in desktop PCs with Intel Core 2 processor with Intel vPro technology and available in laptop PCs with Centrino or Centrino 2 platform with vPro technology. Intel AMT is hardware and firmware technology that builds certain functionality into business PCs in order to monitor, maintain, update, upgrade, and repair PCs.

Intel AMT is part of the Intel Management Engine, which is built into PCs with Intel vPro technology. AMT is not intended to be used by itself; it is intended to be used with a software management application. It gives a management application (and thus, the system administrator who uses it) better access to the PC down the wire, in order to remotely and securely do tasks that are difficult or sometimes impossible when working on a PC that does not have remote functionalities built into it.

Intel AMT includes hardware-based remote management, security, power-management, and remote-configuration features. These features allow an IT technician to access an AMT featured PC remotely. Intel AMT relies on a hardware-based out-of-band (OOB) communication channel that operates below the OS level, the channel is independent of the state of the OS (present, missing, corrupted, down). The communication channel is also independent of the PC's power state, the presence of a management agent, and the state of many hardware components (such as hard disk drives and memory).


The most common release is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. During setup, the program creates a startup registration point in Windows in order to automatically start when any user boots the PC. Upon being installed, the software adds a Windows Service which is designed to run continuously in the background. Manually stopping the service has been seen to cause the program to stop functing properly. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. A scheduled task is added to Windows Task Scheduler in order to launch the program at various scheduled times (the schedule varies depending on the version). The software is designed to connect to the Internet and adds a Windows Firewall exception in order to do so without being interfered with. The primary executable is named InstGACReg.exe. The setup package generally installs about 61 files and is usually about 12.16 MB (12,749,359 bytes). The installed file IntelWebAPIUpdaterActiveX.dll is the auto-update component of the program which is designed to check for software updates and notify and apply them when new versions are discovered.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?lang=eng&DwnldID=20402
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Intel\Intel(R) Management Engine Components
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\Intel\Intel(R) Management Engine Components\Uninstall\setup.exe -uninstall
Estimated size: 12.16 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Intel Management Engine Components

Program executable:InstGACReg.exe
Path:C:\Program Files\Intel\Intel(R) Management Engine Components\InstGACReg.exe
Additional files:
  • InstGACReg.exe - InstGACReg
  • PowerOperationsService.dll - Intel(R) Management and Security Application Local Manageability Service (Power Operations Service)
  • ComEventHandler.dll - Intel(R) Management and Security Application User Notification Service (Com event handler)
  • Common.dll - Common
  • Configurator.dll - Configurator
  • EventManager.dll - Event Manager
  • GmsCommon.dll - GMS Common
  • HistoryEventHandler.dll - History Event Handler
  • IPRefreshService.dll - IP Refresh Service
  • NapNacService.dll - NapNac Service
  • PartialFWUpdateService.dll - Partial FirmWare Update Service
  • SharedStaticIPService.dll - Shared Static IP Service
  • SoapServerService.dll - Soap Server Service
  • StatusEventHandler.dll - Status Event Handler
  • UNS.exe - User Notification Service
  • WinLogEventHandler.dll - Win Log Event Handler
  • WMIEventHandler.dll - WMI Event Handler
  • Wsmanclient.dll - Wsman Client
  • FWUpdateLib_10.dll - Intel(R) Management and Security Application Local Management Service (Partial FirmWare Update 10 Component)
  • FWUpdateLib_11.dll - Partial FirmWare Update 11 Component
  • HostChangesNotificationService.dll - Host Changes Notification Service
  • LMS.exe - Intel(R) Local Management Service
  • PortForwardingService.dll - Port Forwarding Service
  • TimeSyncService.dll - Time Synchronization Service
  • AMT_COM_InterfaceLib.dll - Assembly imported from type library 'AMT_COM_InterfaceLib'.
  • MeProv.dll - Intel(R) Management Engine Provider Dynamic Link Library
  • bhPlugin.dll - Intel(R) Dynamic Application Loader Host Interface (Intel(R) Dynamic Application Loader Host Interface DLL)
  • bhPluginV2.dll
  • JHI.dll
  • jhi_service.exe
  • JHI64.dll
  • JhiSharp.dll
  • TeeManagement.dll
  • teePlugin.dll
  • TEETransport.dll - Intel(R) Dynamic Application Loader Host Interface Transport LIB
  • PrivacyIconClient.exe - Intel(R) Management and Security Status
  • PrivacyIconClient.resources.dll
  • ToastNotificationsLib.dll
  • iha.dll - Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT Host Agent DLL)
  • iha64.dll
  • IntelWebAPIIPTActiveX.dll - Intel web components for Intel® Identity Protection Technology
  • IntelWebAPIUpdaterActiveX.dll - Intel web components updater - Installs and updates the Intel web components
  • iptWys.dll - Intel® IPT True Cove DLL
  • iptWys64.dll - Intel® IPT Protected Transaction Display DLL
  • npIntelWebAPIIPT.dll
  • npIntelWebAPIUpdater.dll
  • Setup.exe - Intel(R) Management Engine Components (Intel(R) Management Engine Components installer)
  • Drv64.exe - Intel(R) Installation Framework (64 bit driver installer)
  • AMT_SW_GUI.dll - Library containing UI controls
  • EPIDProv.dll - iglhsip32 Dynamic Link Library
  • StatusStrings.dll - StatusStrings Link Library (Intel(R) Active Management Technology StatusStrings DLL)
  • PIconStartup.exe - Intel(R) PIconStartup (PIcon startup utility)
  • IntelMeFWService.exe - Intel(R) ME Service
  • UpdateServiceCProxy.dll - UpdateServiceCProxy
  • UpdateServiceCProxy64.dll
  • DTMessageLib.dll - DTMessageLib.dll.

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Google Chrome Plugins
  • npIntelWebAPIUpdater.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'npIntelWebAPIUpdater.dll'.
  • npIntelWebAPIIPT.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'npIntelWebAPIIPT.dll'.
2 Mozilla Plugins
  • npIntelWebAPIUpdater.dll is loaded into Mozilla Firefox under the product name 'updater' with a plugin key of '@intel-webapi.intel.com/Intel WebAPI updater' for all users of the PC.
  • npIntelWebAPIIPT.dll is loaded into Mozilla Firefox under the product name 'ipt' with a plugin key of '@intel-webapi.intel.com/Intel WebAPI ipt;version=2.1.42' for all users of the PC.
3 Scheduled Tasks
  • PrivacyIconClient.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{C42CC138-2834-4B22-A21B-E3A08A45142B}' (runs on registration).
  • UNS.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{CB52F6EE-6841-46A8-A184-8ABE13040230}' (runs on registration).
  • LMS.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{8322FAF7-E5DD-40ED-9A18-1FFF565AB4E0}' (runs on registration).
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • PIconStartup.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named 1.
4 Services
  • LMS.exe runs as a service named 'LMS' (LMS) "Intel(R) Management and Security Application Local Management Service - Provides OS-related Intel(R) ME functionality.".
  • jhi_service.exe runs as a service named 'jhi_service' (jhi_service) "Intel(R) Dynamic Application Loader Host Interface Service - Allows applications to access the local Intel (R) DAL".
  • UNS.exe runs as a service named 'UNS' (UNS) "Intel(R) Management and Security Application User Notification Service - Updates the Windows Event Log with notifications of pre defined events received from the local Intel(R) Management and Security Application Device.".
  • IntelMeFWService.exe runs as a service named 'Intel(R) ME Service' (Intel(R) ME Service) "Intel?Manageability Engine Service (Intel?ME Service)".
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • PIconStartup.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'IMSS' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Intel\Intel(R) Management Engine Components\IMSS\PIconStartup.exe".
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • Jhi_service.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Intel\Intel(R) Management Engine Components\DAL\jhi_service.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:3.79 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0093790566%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00293717%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00644189%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:18,054
8,062,084 average
I/O reads/min:664 Bytes
435.61 KB average
Memory:3.12 MB
Total CPU:0.0001058231%
Kernel CPU:0.00004960%
User CPU:0.00005622%
CPU cycles/sec:18,129
I/O reads/min:1.3 KB
Memory:1.15 MB
Total CPU:0.0000224447%
Kernel CPU:0.00001864%
User CPU:0.00000381%
CPU cycles/sec:807
I/O reads/min:27 Bytes

How do I remove Intel Management Engine Components?

You can uninstall Intel Management Engine Components from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Intel(R) Management Engine Components, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove Intel Management Engine Components.

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by Intel Management Engine Components you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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Win 10 54%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 10%
Keep it 90%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 10 53.88%
Windows 7 45.68%
Windows XP 0.41%
Windows Vista 0.03%
Windows Server 2003 0.00%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 26.39%
Windows 8.1 18.54%
Windows 10 Home 16.57%
Windows 7 Professional 10.27%
Windows 7 Ultimate 6.77%
Windows 8 4.96%

Distribution by countryGeography

48.57% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 48.57%
  Germany 5.61%
  United Kingdom 4.82%
  Italy 4.31%
  France 4.12%
  Canada 2.95%
  Brazil 2.30%
  Australia 2.02%
  Netherlands 1.87%
  India 1.43%
  Spain 1.38%
  Belgium 1.02%
  Sweden 0.97%
  Poland 0.77%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 23.39%
Dell 16.84%
Acer 16.84%
ASUS 16.48%
Lenovo 9.51%
Toshiba 8.08%
Samsung 3.97%
Medion 1.64%
MSI 1.17%
Intel 0.59%
Alienware 0.43%
Common models
ASUS All Series 5.04%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 4.41%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 4.29%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 2.91%
HP Pavilion 15 Notebook P... 2.85%
Dell Inspiron 3521 2.44%

About Intel

Intel Corporation is the world's largest semiconductor chip maker and is the inventor of the x86 series of microprocessors found in most personal computers.
Publisher URL: www.intel.com

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Artover a year ago
I have an MSI Z87-G43 motherboard with Intel i7 CPU, 8GB RAM, Windows 8.1 Pro (OEM) running on a 128GB SSD druve C, and User files on a 2nd drive. The MSI Live Update 5 utility called for an automated update of Intel ME, which I did. But when restarted, more than half the tiles were missing from the start screen and underlying new Win8.1 programs list, and NOTHING appears or is accessable at the left bottom corner of the traditional desktop. Hardware components can still be reached and analyzed by way of File Finder, Control Panel and other tools or by entering the correct terms in the search bar, when those tools are brought out of hiding on the RIGHT side of the traditional Desktop. Not yet sure if all programs are still in the system somewhere. The ME installation even turned off my CPU fan, which I discovered only after I luckily entered the BIOS and saw that the CPU temperature had soared to above the capabilities of the system to measure. A Restore to a time just seconds before the Intel ME update, seems to have made no improvements at all. Looks like I might be forced to spend days to reformat and reinstall Windows, several programs and many documents, because MSI or Intel mistakes and an excessively large resident program having questionable value.
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Karelover a year ago