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 KpyM Telnet/SSH Server - daemon.exe

belongs to software DAEMON Tools Lite or DAEMON Tools or Convert X to DVD or Adobe Integrated Runtime or KpyM Telnet/SSH Server

by DT Soft ( or DAEMON'S HOME ( or Kroum Grigorov.

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:\ (mostly C:\Program Files\D-Tools\). Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 486,856 bytes (18% of all occurrences), 490,952 bytes and 15 more variants. 
The daemon.exe file is not a Windows system file. The file has a digital signature. Daemon.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 28% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: 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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External information from Paul Collins:
There are different files with the same name:

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as daemon.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder, for example Artemis!2360AD5922F0 (detected by McAfee), and Adware.Adpopup or Trojan.Gen.2 (detected by Symantec). Therefore, you should check the daemon.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If Virtual DAEMON Manager has changed your browser's search engine and start page, you can recover your browser's default settings as follows:

Reset default browser settings for Internet-Explorer ▾
  1. In Internet Explorer, press the key combination Alt + X to open the Tools menu.
  2. Click Internet options.
  3. Click the Advanced tab.
  4. Click the Reset... button.
  5. Enable the Delete personal settings option.
This will reset your Internet Explorer to its default settings. Your browser will start with the familiar start page and search engine—without popups, ads, cookies, but all browser add-ons are deleted too [1]. Make cleaning up your browser and your computer simpler and safer with Security Task Manager.


User Comments

It puts up ads all over your computer and is a virus. be causious before downloading from unknown publisher
daemonprocess.exe or daemon.exe is a VIRUS
Constantly appears. Now I can't get printer to print. Will reinstall printer drivers see if that works. Think it came from a "free" anti spyware Ad. I knew better but tried it anyway
Kept telling me I had a missing file to reload the program - what program? After much research found many relating similar problems with DaemonProcess. Uninstalled it but it fouled up my Norton 360, my Firefox, and has a file error for Windows 7. Computer has been "down" for about 2 weeks. Using Win 8.1 now but not happy. Have not been able to get these problems resolved through the websites.
deleted all of my harddrive
deamon.exe brought my computer crashes
Might be dangerous, I dont know but many friends insisted to remove it
it's a nuiscense at start up
  Alice Klimack  
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of daemon.exe: based on 57 votes with 9 reviews. 38 users think daemon.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 3 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users suspect danger. 13 users think daemon.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 5 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 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 daemon.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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