"CamMute.exe" Process on Windows 7

Q

What is the "CamMute.exe" process on windows 7? Is the "CamMute.exe" process a virus? Can I terminate the "CamMute.exe" process?

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A

"CamMute.exe" process represents "Camera Mute Control Service for Lenovo" program. "CamMute.exe" is for "Lenovo Camera Mute" service to support the camera ON/OFF button for the built-in camera.

"CamMute.exe" process is normally running under the parent process "services" as shown in the process tree below:

Boot
   wininit
      services
         CamMute

On the Processes tab of "Task Manager", "CamMute.exe" process may be listed as:

Image Name                 Memory   Description
--------------------   ----------   -----------
CamMute.exe               5,636 K   Camera Mute Control Service for Lenovo

Additional information about "CamMute.exe" process:

Command line:
   "C:\Program Files\Lenovo\Communications Utility\CAMMUTE.exe"

Programe file information:
   Name: CamMute.exe
   Location: C:\Program Files\Lenovo\Communications Utility\CAMMUTE.exe
   Description: Camera Mute Control Service for Lenovo
   Version: 3.1.18.0
   Size: 59080 bytes
   Last modified: 9/29/2015 5:18:36 PM
   Company Name: Lenovo Group Limited
   
Some data files used:
C:\Windows
C:\Windows\SysWOW64
C:\Windows\SysWOW64\en-US\setupapi.dll.mui
C:\Windows\winsxs\x86_microsoft.windows.common-controls_6595b64144ccf1df_5.82.7601.18837_none_ec86b8d6858ec0bc

Some registry keys used:
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options
HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\Nls\CustomLocale
HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\Nls\Sorting\Versions
HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\SESSION MANAGER
HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\services\LENOVO.MICMUTE\Parameters
HKU\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\International

Some DLL libraries used:
C:\windows\SYSTEM32\ntdll.dll
C:\windows\SYSTEM32\wow64.dll
C:\windows\SYSTEM32\wow64win.dll
C:\windows\SYSTEM32\wow64cpu.dll
C:\Program Files\Lenovo\Communications Utility\CAMMUTE.exe
C:\windows\SysWOW64\ntdll.dll
C:\windows\syswow64\kernel32.dll
C:\windows\syswow64\KERNELBASE.dll
C:\windows\syswow64\ADVAPI32.dll
C:\windows\syswow64\msvcrt.dll

"CamMute.exe" process is not a virus. You can terminate "CamMute.exe" process or stop the "Lenovo Camera Mute" service. You can restart it when you need to use the camera.

 

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