What is _ISDel.exe?

The genuine _ISDel.exe file is a software component of InstallShield by InstallShield Software.
The deleter for InstallShield, this application runs on demand and removes the InstallShield application from your system. InstallShield is an application that has the ability to create and deploy Windows msi files as a means to install software in one step. InstallShield recommends the use of the InstallShield Deleter over the Windows Add/Remove Programs utility in order to properly remove all portions of the software from your system. Macrovision acquired the rights to distribute InstallShield in 2004 and was subsequently sold to Flexera Corporation in 2008.

_ISDel stands for InstallShield Deleter

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the _ISDel.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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_ISDel.exe file information

The process known as 32-bit InstallShield Deleter belongs to software InstallShield by InstallShield Software (

Description: _ISDel.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. _ISDel.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\. The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 27,648 bytes. 
The program has no visible window. It is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 42% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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If _ISDel.exe is located in a subfolder of Windows folder for temporary files, the security rating is 56% dangerous. The file size is 27,648 bytes. There is no file information. The program is not visible. The _ISDel.exe file is not a Windows system file.

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as _ISDel.exe. Therefore, you should check the _ISDel.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


User Comments

_isdel.exe belongs to Install Shield Deleter. It cleans up the Temp directory after an installation.

Summary: Average user rating of _ISDel.exe: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving _ISDel issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with _ISDel. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the _ISDel.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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