What is dbus-daemon.exe?

The genuine dbus-daemon.exe file is a software component of D-Bus by Red Hat.
Dbus-daemon.exe is an executable file that is part of D-Bus, a communication framework between multiple applications. This is not a critical Windows component and should be removed if known to cause problems. D-Bus makes it possible to launch multiple applications and daemons by coding a "single instance" application. D-Bus is built on the libdbus library which multiple applications can connect to. The D-Bus protocol finds implementations in languages like C#, Java, and Ruby. D-Bus is being replaced at the moment with kdbus which seeks to improve overall performance. Red Hat is an American company that is best known for developing open-source software, most notably Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Since 2013, Red Hat has been the largest contributor to the development of Linux. Red Hat was founded by Marc Ewing in October 1994. Bob Young of the ACC Corporation later bought Ewing's company but the two later merged to form Red Hat Software. Red Hat is headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA.

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 dbus-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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Dbus-daemon.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with dbus-daemon
Dbus-daemon.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as dbus - FreeDesktop message bus system

belongs to software Gpg4win (version (2.2.1), (2.1.0), (2.2.2), (2.3.0), (2.2.4), (2.2.6), (2.2.0), (2.0.2), (2.2.5)) or Mumble and Murmur or Transmission-Qt or ESL Wire or T-Mobile Connection Manager

by Thorvald Natvig ( or or ZTE CORPORATION ( or Open Source Developer, René Berber.

Description: Dbus-daemon.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Dbus-daemon.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 635,392 bytes (17% of all occurrences), 220,944 bytes and 16 more variants. 
The program has no file description. The program has no visible window. The file is not a Windows core file. Dbus-daemon.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 55% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In case you experience problems using dbus-daemon.exe, you can do the following:
  1) completely remove Mumble and Murmur or congstar Internet-Manager (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program)
  2) use the software publisher's support.

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If dbus-daemon.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder, the security rating is 56% dangerous. The file size is 635,392 bytes (50% of all occurrences) or 625,664 bytes. The file is a file with no information about its developer. The program has no visible window. The dbus-daemon.exe file is not a Windows core file.

Uninstalling this variant: In case you experience problems using dbus-daemon.exe, you can do the following:
  1) completely remove Gpg4win (2.2.2) (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program)
  2) use the software publisher's support site.

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

mumble aplikation
dbus-daemon os part of Mumble
Part of mumble chat server.
Very important for the gpg4win bundle. Do not remove, but it is OK to kill the process (as long as none of the gpg4win programs are open at the time)
Telia Mobile Broadband for ZTE Modem
  Mikael Johansson   (further information)
ESL Wire needs it
Part of Windows port of "evolution" e-mail
  Michiel   (further information)
Open Source IPC message bus. Used for inter application communication.
  Iago Rubio   (further information)
Part of KDE for Windows software.
part of Transmission-Qt for Windows Located in Program Files/Transmission (or default installation folder)
needed for transmission-qt torrent software

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Summary: Average user rating of dbus-daemon.exe: based on 14 votes with 11 user comments. 11 users think dbus-daemon.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. One user thinks dbus-daemon.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it. 2 users don't grade dbus-daemon.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving dbus-daemon issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with dbus-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 repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, 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 dbus-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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