The igfxem.exe is related to Intel’s Common User Interface, but many users reported that igfxem.exe causes high CPU usage. This can be a serious problem, and in today’s article, we’ll show you how to fix this issue once and for all.
Causes of the igfxem exe high CPU issue
Igfxem.exe acts as an intermediary between your Intel graphics card and your GUI and makes various settings easily available and adjustable from its menu.
You see, because the file determines how the required configurations will be accessed by other programs, it often comes into conflict with this other software. This results in it trying to occupy more CPU time in an effort to execute what has been demanded of it, in the end causing a CPU overload.
Additionally, some malware is cheekily named igfxem.exe and could be the actual reasons behind persistent igfxem high CPU utilization.
How to solve the Igfxem.exe high CPU usage problem?
- Scan your system for malware
- Restart the igfxem.exe process
- Block the igfxem exe process from running at startup
- Halt all unnecessary processes
- Update the Intel graphics cards driver
1. Scan your system for malware
First, eliminate the probability that your copy of igfxem.exe is indeed a virus by performing a comprehensive virus scan on your PC.
We recommend that you use a reliable antivirus such as Bitdefender to perform the scan.
2. Restart the igfxem.exe process
If disinfecting your system didn’t help, and you’re still having problems with igfxem.exe high CPU usage consider suspending the igfxem.exe process.
- Start the Task Manager (simultaneously press CTRL+SHIFT+ESC).
- Head over to the Processes area and look for igfxem.exe
- Right-click on it then choose End task.
This temporarily disables it and could normalize CPU’s use.
3. Block the igfxem exe process from running at startup
You can also fix igfxem.exe high CPU usage problem simply by preventing the application from running at startup.
- Press the Windows + R. This opens the Run window.
- Type msconfig then press Enter. The System Configuration window loads.
- Locate the Services tab then find the igfxem module.
- Uncheck the checkbox right next to it and press Apply and OK.
That’s all, the igfxem.exe process has been disabled and the problem should be resolved.
Note: Repeat the above steps in the future when you want to use the service. Just be sure to enable the service and save changes.
4. Halt all unnecessary processes
If your PC is still having problems with igfxem.exe high CPU usage, try your luck by terminating other processes that seem to be occupying your CPU resources.
- Go back to the Task Manager’s Processes tab and study how much CPU resource each app is holding.
- Terminate every program with a high CPU usage.
To be on the safe side, only do this after shutting down your other programs. Also, be careful not to interfere with some of the fundamental operating system running processes such as explorer.exe and winlogon.exe.
- ALSO READ: How to stop all processes in Windows 10
5. Update the Intel graphics cards driver
You can fix igfxem.exe high CPU usage problem by updating your version of the Intel graphics card driver.
As we had mentioned earlier, the process is closely connected with your PC’s graphical processing unit so upgrading to the latest GPU drivers could help.
- Go to Intel’s Download Center, pick and download the applicable driver.
- Then unzip the file (If it was zipped) to your preferred location or folder.
- Press Windows Key + R to start the run dialog.
- Type devmgmt.msc then OK.
- The Device Manager loads.
- Click to expand your Display adapters section.
- Right-click on the Intel graphics option and choose Update Driver Software.
- Choose Browse my computer for driver software.
- Select Browse and navigate to the directory where you unzipped the driver files.
- Click OK then Next. Drivers will now be installed.
- Restart your PC.
If you find the previous method too difficult, you can always use third-party solutions such as TweakBit Driver Updater to automatically update all outdated drivers with just a couple of clicks.
Disclaimer: some functions of this tool might not be free
In case you’re yet to succeed, uninstall and then reinstall the Intel graphics card driver package (from the Device Manager, right-click the card and select Uninstall. Then restart your PC to have the drivers restored)
These are some of the solutions that can help you fix Igfxem.exe high CPU usage problem, so feel free to try them all.
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