What is blackd.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 blackd.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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Blackd.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with blackd
Blackd.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as blackd belongs to software ISS Proventia or Network ICE Corporation blackd or Proventia Desktop or Internet Security Systems Inc. blackd by Internet Security Systems (

Description: Blackd.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Blackd.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files"—mainly C:\Program Files\ISS\BlackICE\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 2,093,322 bytes (26% of all occurrences), 1,986,902 bytes and 8 more variants. 
The program has no visible window. Blackd.exe is not a Windows core file. The software uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. Blackd.exe is able to hide itself and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 57% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You can uninstall BlackICE software via Windows Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 10/8/7).

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If blackd.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files", the security rating is 42% dangerous. The file size is 851,968 bytes. The program has no visible window. It is not a Windows system file. Blackd.exe is able to hide itself.

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

It is the process for the BlackIce firewall
It is BlackICE (Firewall) is not dangerous
  Hans Dieter  
It is a Firewall proces
  Fred Ellis  
Used by Internet Security System's BlackICE Firewall & IDS
  Scott Craig  
Desktop Fire Wall
BlackICE Firewall Daemon
  Robocho   (further information)
firewall process
iis firewal. chill!  
It is a firewall intentionally installed by my company but is an unnecessary firewall program, windows has a firewall program now, and a router has one so who needs this one. Plus administration of it sucks.
Reverse the code and find the Keystroke Logger, DOH!
Its a local firewall for monitor various process & detect if intrusion has been accomplished.
BlackD is a Tibian bot, use google
  Helper   (further information)
is firewall

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Summary: Average user rating of blackd.exe: based on 20 votes with 14 user comments. 17 users think blackd.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users think blackd.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 2 users don't grade blackd.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving blackd issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with blackd. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic 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 6resmon 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 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the blackd.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity 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. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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