What is ddp.exe?

The genuine ddp.exe file is a software component of Dolby Digital Plus by Dolby Laboratories.
Dolby Digital Plus is a proprietary audio compression technology for home theatres, smartphones, browsers, and operating systems. Ddp.exe runs the Dolby Digital Plus Profile Selector, useful for storing and retrieving user audio settings. This is not an essential Windows process and can be disabled if known to create problems. Dolby Digital Plus provides up to 7.1 channels of surround-sound audio technology for media playback, streaming, on-demand, and downloaded content on devices such as smartphones, laptops, and televisions. The technology is also supported on the Microsoft Edge browser on Windows 10 systems. The compression provided by Dolby Digital speeds up downloads, yet is a lossy format. Dolby Laboratories is an American company that designs and develops audio encoding, compression, and noise reduction technology. The company developed one of the earliest versions of digital surround sound compression used in movies such as Batman Begins. Dolby's technology is usually licensed by consumer electronics manufacturers. Dolby Labs was founded by Ray Dolby in the UK in 1965. The company was later moved to San Francisco, California, USA in 1967.

DDP stands for Dolby Digital Plus Profile Selector

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 ddp.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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Ddp.exe file information

The process known as Dolby Digital Plus Profile Selector belongs to software Dolby Digital Plus Home Theater by Dolby Laboratories.

Description: Ddp.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Ddp.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 585,600 bytes (50% of all occurrences), 584,408 bytes or 768,896 bytes. 
The program can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. The file has a digital signature. It is not a Windows core file. The program has no visible window. Therefore the technical security rating is 19% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: If you still experience problems with ddp.exe, you can also uninstall Dolby Digital Plus Home Theater from your computer using the Control Panel applet Uninstall a Program.

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

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