What is Desk98.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 Desk98.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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Desk98.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with Desk98
Desk98.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Desk98 belongs to software ATI Technologies Inc. HydraVision Desktop Manager by ATI Technologies (

Description: Desk98.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Desk98.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 217,088 bytes (53% of all occurrences) or 614,400 bytes. 
The Desk98.exe file is not a Windows core file. The program has no visible window. It is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The program is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. Desk98.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 84% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as Desk98.exe. Therefore, you should check the Desk98.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

I use HyrdraVision as part of a dual monitor setup with an ATI video board.

Summary: Average user rating of Desk98.exe: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving Desk98 issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with Desk98. 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 Desk98.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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