"micmute.exe" Process on Windows 7

Q

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

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A

"micmute.exe" process represents "Microphone Mute Controll Service for ThinkPad" program. "micmute.exe" is for "Lenovo Microphone Mute" service which provides on screen display of the microphone mute status on Lenovo Windows 7 laptops.

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

Boot
   wininit
      services
         micmute

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

Image Name                 Memory   Description
--------------------   ----------   -----------
micmute.exe               6,460 K   Microphone Mute Controll Service for ThinkPad

Additional information about "micmute.exe" process:

Command line:
   "C:\Program Files\LENOVO\HOTKEY\MICMUTE.exe"

Programe file information:
   Name: micmute.exe
   Location: C:\Program Files\LENOVO\HOTKEY\MICMUTE.exe
   Description: Microphone Mute Controll Service for ThinkPad
   Version: 1.47
   Size: 110248 bytes
   Last modified: 11/26/2015 1:06:10 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
C:\Windows\winsxs\x86_microsoft.windows.gdiplus_6595b64144ccf1df_1.1.7601.23545_none_5c06d189a00e2c29
C:\Windows\SysWOW64\en-US\crypt32.dll.mui
C:\Windows\System32\config\systemprofile\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\SystemCertificates\My

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\Sorting\Versions
HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\SESSION MANAGER
HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\Nls\CustomLocale
HKU\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\International
HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\services\crypt32
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Cryptography\OID\EncodingType 0\CertDllCreateCertificateChainEngine\Config
HKU\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\SystemCertificates\My
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\SystemCertificates\ROOT

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\HOTKEY\MICMUTE.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

"micmute.exe" process is not a virus. You can terminate "micmute.exe" process or stop the "Lenovo Microphone Mute" service. You can restart it when you need to the built-in microphone later.

 

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