What is DellDock.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 DellDock.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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DellDock.exe file information

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

The process known as Dell Dock belongs to software Dell Dock by Stardock (

Description: DellDock.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The DellDock.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,324,384 bytes (40% of all occurrences), 1,312,096 bytes, 1,316,192 bytes, 1,295,656 bytes or 1,058,088 bytes. 
The program has a visible window. DellDock.exe is digitally signed. The file is not a Windows system file. The program is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: User Shell Folders). The program can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. Therefore the technical security rating is 6% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If problems with DellDock.exe occur, you can also do the following:

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

DellDock.exe monitors to detect a connection to a docking station. It is probably not needed if you do no connect your laptop to a docking station.
  Jane   (further information)
Delldock is a toolbar with shortcuts to commonly used applications. If you don't like or use the toolbar, go ahead & disable it.
  Kat   (further information)

Summary: Average user rating of DellDock.exe: based on 2 votes with 2 user comments. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving DellDock issues

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