What is DefenderDaemon.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 DefenderDaemon.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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DefenderDaemon.exe file information

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

The process known as Shadow Defender Daemon Application belongs to software Shadow Defender by SHADOWDEFENDER.COM ( or (

Description: DefenderDaemon.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. DefenderDaemon.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 493,232 bytes (13% of all occurrences), 373,480 bytes and 24 more variants. 
The file is not a Windows system file. The software starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The file has a digital signature. Therefore the technical security rating is 26% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: It is possible to do the following:

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as DefenderDaemon.exe. Therefore, you should check the DefenderDaemon.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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Summary: Average user rating of DefenderDaemon.exe: based on 2 votes with 1 user comment. One user thinks DefenderDaemon.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks DefenderDaemon.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving DefenderDaemon issues

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