What is dadapp.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 dadapp.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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Dadapp.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with dadapp
Dadapp.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as dadapp.exe belongs to software Dell AccessDirect by unknown.

Description: Dadapp.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Dadapp.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in the C:\Windows\System32\drivers folder—typically C:\Program Files\Dell\AccessDirect\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 211,828 bytes (38% of all occurrences), 208,560 bytes, 209,800 bytes or 189,476 bytes. 
There is no description of the program. The file is not a Windows core file. The application is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, MACHINE\User Shell Folders). The program is not visible. Dadapp.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 62% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If any problems with dadapp.exe occur, you can also uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a ProgramDell AccessDirect.

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

Dell AccessDirect Applet - Background task found on Dell laptop computers.
  Jaime Arrocha  
Dell keyboard software for Dell Latitude Laptop
Provides support for special function keys
    (further information)
dadapp.exe is a utility on Dell laptop computers that enables programable buttons on the keyboard to work
normal component on Dell laptop
  Vikki Stefans  
Dell Application for laptop keys
Dell keyboard software that enables programable buttons
Dell support software on Inspiron laptop too
  pgmd dave  
it's a dell keyboard application
Dell support application for laptops (Latitude, Inspiron, etc)
Dell Access Direct Application
It's the OrangeCD program file.
  Dim   (further information)

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Summary: Average user rating of dadapp.exe: based on 20 votes with 13 user comments. 18 users think dadapp.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user thinks dadapp.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving dadapp issues

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