What Is IAStorIcon.exe?

This is a legit Windows process provided by Intel, but fakes could be viruses

IAStorIcon.exe is a file that belongs to Intel's Rapid Storage Technology (RST) software. It stands for Intel Array Storage Technology Icon Service.

This EXE file sits in the Windows taskbar by the clock and other notification area items. It starts with Windows by default and will display messages related to storage devices that are connected to the computer. When selected, the Intel RST tool will open.

Unlike some files that are necessary in order for Windows to remain stable, IAStorIcon.exe has a limited purpose and can usually be ended without causing problems. You might do this if IAStorIcon.exe is using too much memory or CPU, you’re seeing errors related to this program or file, or if you suspect that IAStorIcon.exe is fake and is really a virus or malicious tool.

IAStorIcon EXE file in Task Manager

Is IAStorIcon.exe a Virus?

It should be fairly easy to determine if IAStorIcon.exe is dangerous. The most important things to check are the file location and the filename itself.

IAStorIcon.exe errors like these might display if the file is infected with a virus:

  • IAStorIcon has stopped working.
  • IAStorIcon.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close.
  • Access violation at address <> in module IAStorIcon.exe. Read of address <>.
  • Cannot find IAStorIcon.exe.
  • IAStorIcon.exe — Application Error

Where Is It Stored?

Is IAStorIcon.exe in the correct folder? Intel installs it to the following location by default:

%ProgramFiles%\Intel\Intel(R) Rapid Storage Technology\

Here’s how to check:

  1. Open Task Manager. Ctrl+Shift+Esc is the quickest way to do that.

  2. Locate IAStorIcon.exe in the Details tab.

  3. Right-click the file and select Open file location.

    IAStorIcon EXE Task Manager options
  4. In that folder should be not only IAStorIcon.exe but also several DLLs and other similarly named files like IAStorIconLaunch.exe and IAStorUI.exe.

    IAStorIcon EXE folder location in Windows 10

    If you see those files in that exact folder, you can be fairly confident that the file isn't a fake.

  5. Repeat the above steps for all IAStorIcon.exe files running in Task Manager. There should really only be one, so if there are multiples, it’s extremely important to see where the files are opening from so that you can determine which one is real.

How Is It Spelled?

It might seem easy to spot a misspelled IAStorIcon.exe file, but it’s really not. Sometimes an uppercase i and a lowercase L look identical, so malicious programs use that to trick you into believing that a file is something it isn’t.

Here are a few examples of misspelled IAStorIcon.exe files:

  • IAStorlcon.exe
  • LAStorIcon.exe
  • IAStoreIcon.exe
  • lAStorlcon.exe

If you have to, copy the filename into a case converter tool and convert everything into lower case. That can help you see if the file is genuine or not. The proper spelling, in lowercase, is iastoricon.exe.

How to Delete an IAStorIcon.exe Virus

Fake IAStorIcon.exe files should be deleted immediately. If the EXE file you located above wasn't found in the correct folder, and especially if it's spelled differently than the real file, you need to remove it from your computer.

There are several ways to scan your computer for malware, but before you start, there are a few more things you should try right now that could save you a lot of time. One might even be necessary for the virus cleaner to actually delete IAStorIcon.exe.

  1. Try removing the EXE file manually. This is as simple as selecting it once and pressing Delete on your keyboard, or right-clicking it to find the delete option.

    To make sure you find every single instance of the file on your computer, use a file search tool like Everything.

    If an error displays about IAStorIcon.exe being locked, try a file unlocker like LockHunter to release it from whatever is holding it, and then try deleting the file again.

  2. Run an on-demand virus cleaner like Malwarebytes or McAfee's portable Stinger program to remove the virus.

  3. Use your regular antivirus program to scan for threats. Whether the on-demand scanner found something or not, it's always best to have multiple engines scan for problems.

  4. Delete the virus with a bootable antivirus program if you think the above methods weren't enough. These programs are useful because they run before Windows starts, meaning that they also run before IAStorIcon.exe is launched, making them much more likely to delete a stubborn virus.

Stop IAStorIcon.exe From Starting With Windows

If IAStorIcon.exe is harmless but you don't actually use Intel's tool, or the process uses lots of CPU or RAM resources, you can disable it from starting up with Windows.

There are several ways to change which programs start with Windows, but the easiest is to use Task Manager or System Configuration. Follow the steps in that tutorial, and look for IAStorIcon or IAStorIcon.exe.

IAStorIcon startup entry in Task Manager for Windows 8

If you want the opposite, to make the RST service run when it currently isn't, Appuals provides steps for that.

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