Can I safely uninstall Intel Management Engine Components

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Hello,
I've researched this a bit and can't find a definitive answer to my question:
Can I safely uninstall Intel Management Engine Components.  It seems to be using quite a bit of resources and I'd like to disable or uninstall it if I can do so w/o upsetting things.

Here are some of my components:

OS: Win 10 Pro

CPU: i9900k

Cooler: Noctua NH-U12S

MOBO: ASUS TUF Z390 Plus  

RAM: Crucial 4 x 16gb:

SSD:  Samsung 850 Pro 5112gb For programs only. Data stored on 3 other HDDs

GPU: MSI GeForce GTX 1080

PSU: Seasonic 850W

Case: Cooler Master HAF 932

Monitor: Phillips BDM43OUC 43” 4K


Software Programs I Installed:
Office 360
Adobe Creative Cloud
Think or Swim (trading platform)
NinjaTrader  (trading platform)
Jigsaw (trading platform)
Bandicam (screen recording)
Avast, Malwarebytes, Superantispyware, CCleaner

Thanks,
Ana
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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Commented:
You can. Why ?

Go to Device Manager, System Devices and remove Intel Management Engine Interface.
Dr. KlahnPrincipal Software Engineer

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Yes, and it is prudent to disable the associated hardware in the BIOS using a third-party patch.  There are numerous security holes in the Intel Management suite and Intel has not been appropriately "proactive" about correcting them.  (Thank you, NSA.)

https://www.csoonline.com/article/3220476/researchers-say-now-you-too-can-disable-intel-me-backdoor-thanks-to-the-nsa.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intel_Management_Engine

"The Intel Management Engine always runs as long as the motherboard is receiving power, even when the computer is turned off."

" Intel indicated there would be no patch for 3rd generation Core processors or earlier despite chips or their chipsets as far back as Intel Core 2 Duo vPro and Intel Centrino 2 vPro being affected."
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If you have older computers as above, you may wish to uninstall. Otherwise you would be better to update. It (IME) does not cause any issues on modern computers.
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>>   It seems to be using quite a bit of resources and I'd like to disable or uninstall it if I can do so w/o upsetting things.

What makes you think that?

That's a 9th generation processor and the engine should have been patched for any security holes.  It may be possible to disable the engine in the BIOS under the Advanced Options.

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Thank you all for your answers.

After running Avast, it showed that IME was using a relatively large amount of resources, so I wanted to disable it if it is not a crucial part of the system. Thanks Dr. Klahn for the article links, I was not aware of the potential security breach problem. This computer is not a year old yet so as dbrunton says security may not be an issue.  I'll look into that aspect further, I was just hoping to reduce any unnecessary use on the system.

Thanks again,
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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Commented:
I would update IME (always updates available).  Once done, check, and maybe temporarily uninstall Avast to see if that makes a difference.

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Thanks!
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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You are very welcome and I was happy to help.
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are you sure it's not avast taking the most resources?
you can test with a free one, like panda : https://www.pandasecurity.com/usa/homeusers/solutions/free-antivirus/

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Hi nobus,

I'm not sure and thanks for the panda tip.  I also have a Win7 computer that's acting up, so I'll attack both this weekend.

Best,
Ana
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i don't know recently, but a couple of years panda was among the ones using the less resources
https://www.topreviews.nl/panda-dome-essential/

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