What is AD.exe?

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 AD.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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AD.exe file information

The process known as AutoDialogs executable belongs to software MetaProducts AutoDialogs or AutoDialogs by MetaProducts corp (

Description: AD.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file AD.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 503,296 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 488,452 bytes, 2,070,528 bytes, 487,428 bytes or 628,144 bytes. 
There is an icon for this program on the taskbar next to the clock. It is able to record keyboard inputs. The AD.exe file is not a Windows system file. AD.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs, monitor applications and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 59% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If any problems with MetaProducts AutoDialogs occur, you may also want to remove the entire program using Windows Control Panel.

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If AD.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\, the security rating is 70% dangerous. The file size is 253,904 bytes. There is no information about the author of the file. The program has no visible window. The program is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, win.ini). AD.exe is not a Windows system file. AD.exe appears to be a compressed file.

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as AD.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the AD.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

hakiki ad.exe bir ekran koruyucudur.(Afterdrk) fakat günümüzde bu isimde virüsler de türemiştir
Handy utility for select directories with keyboard shortcuts. AutoDialogs on link:
When my laptop is on for any length of time, I get message 'download ad.exe. cannot be found'. Please tell me how to get rid of this.
  diana henton  

Summary: Average user rating of AD.exe: based on 2 votes with 3 user comments. One user thinks AD.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user suspects danger. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving AD issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with AD. 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 AD.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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