How to remove the DCIM virus

Most antivirus programs identify DCIM.exe as malware—such as Kaspersky identifies it as, and Symantec identifies it as W32.Pilleuz.

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DCIM.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with DCIM
DCIM.exe process in Windows Task Manager

Little is known about the DCIM.exe process, since there is no reference to the producer within the file.

Description: DCIM.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. DCIM.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 648,704 bytes (50% of all occurrences) or 684,544 bytes. 
There is no information about the author of the file. File is hidden. The program has no visible window. The process starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, win.ini). DCIM.exe is able to record keyboard inputs. The application is a hidden stealth process. DCIM.exe is not a Windows core file. DCIM.exe is able to connect to the Internet, record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 100% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Recommended: Identify DCIM.exe related errors

Important: You should check the DCIM.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.


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Best practices for resolving DCIM issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: ASecurity Task Manager examines the active DCIM process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known Banti-malware tool tells you if the DCIM.exe on your computer displays annoying ads, slowing it down. This type of unwanted adware program is not considered by some antivirus software to be a virus and is therefore not marked for cleanup.

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding PC trouble. 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.

Other processes

DCIM.exe [all]