What is daemon.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 daemon.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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Daemon.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with daemon
Daemon.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Virtual DAEMON Manager or DAEMON Tools Lite or DAEMON Tools main application or PixVue Daemon or KpyM Telnet/SSH Server - daemon.exe

belongs to software DAEMON Tools or DAEMON Tools Lite or arniWORX awxDTools or PixVue or Convert X to DVD or Peter Jackson's King Kong or Adobe Integrated Runtime or KpyM Telnet/SSH Server

by DT Soft ( or DAEMON'S HOME ( or VeNoM386 and SwENSkE or Kroum Grigorov or PixVue.Com.

Description: Daemon.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file daemon.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of C:\ or in a subfolder of "C:\Documents and Settings" (mostly C:\Program Files\D-Tools\). Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/XP are 81,920 bytes (26% of all occurrences), 133,016 bytes and 21 more variants. 
There is an icon for this program on the taskbar next to the clock. The program has a visible window. The file is not a Windows core file. The file has a digital signature. Daemon.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 16% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.
If you encounter difficulties with daemon.exe, you can also contact Customer Service, make sure that you have installed the latest version or remove the entire program DAEMON Tools or Convert X to DVD using Windows Control Panel.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as daemon.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the daemon.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 broke my GFs computer and can't be uninstalled.
many antiviruses report as win32: malware gen
when im installing the game that id buy, it request for the daemon.exe to be installed, and request for restart on my computer. After that, my computer cannot boot again. Even though in formatting it, the formatting canceled when its almost finished.
for me this file seemed to be a part or linked to and updater pretending to be an Updater for NDVIDIA. others pages were accessible when I searched informations about the files saying it was not dangerous and to keep it until I keep away the updater programme. Could this indesirable file linked to anormal pages while searching on google.
It broke my files and pictures and my computer literally blew up. I will sue this it hurt my daughter
Virtual CD emulation.
  kak   (further information)
Has A virus attached make sure virus protection is on when installing and just delete the virus
I concurr with benszoko
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of daemon.exe: based on 46 votes with 9 reviews. 37 users think daemon.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users suspect danger. 4 users think daemon.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 3 users don't grade daemon.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving daemon issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with daemon. 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 doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, 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 daemon.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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