What is DataLayer.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 DataLayer.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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DataLayer.exe file information

The process known as DataLayer (version 2.0 Module) belongs to software Nokia PC Suite by Nokia Mobile Phones (

Description: DataLayer.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file DataLayer.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,106,944 bytes (27% of all occurrences), 851,968 bytes and 4 more variants. 
DataLayer.exe is not a Windows core file. The program is not visible. The process starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The program can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. DataLayer.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 37% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In the event of any problems with DataLayer.exe, you can also uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program > Nokia PC Suite).

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

ungefährliches programm zum konfigurieren von Nokia-Handys
Nokia Phone conection software
  MCM   (further information)
Nokia Phone Suite local Connection Files - Not Dangerous
  smee.init   (further information)
hatte eben ne datei geladen, zuerst bekomm ich vom virenscanner ne meldung dasn trojaner (c://a.bat) gefunden wurde, und paar sekunden später will diese datalayer.exe ne verbindung ins internet aufbauen

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Summary: Average user rating of DataLayer.exe: based on 7 votes with 4 user comments. 5 users think DataLayer.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user thinks DataLayer.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving DataLayer issues

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