The genuine Desktop.exe file is a software component of Virtual Desktop by New IT Solutions.
Desktop.exe is an executable file that belongs to Virtual Desktop, a desktop manager application that lets users create multiple desktops and easily switch between them. This process has been reported to be a virus by top anti-virus programs. If it exists in the "C:\" drive, it should be removed with a good anti-virus program. Virtual Desktop was created by Daniel Vladutu, a member on the development team of the popular, Project Gutenberg.
Desktop stands for Desktop Search
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 Desktop.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.
Description: Desktop.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file Desktop.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" (common is C:\WINDOWS\isrvs\).
Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 414,208 bytes (80% of all occurrences) or 4,613,624 bytes.
The Desktop.exe file is a file with no information about its developer. The program has no visible window. It is not a Windows core file. Desktop.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and connect to the Internet. Therefore the technical security rating is 46% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.
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If Desktop.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows, the security rating is 32% dangerous. The file size is 268,800 bytes. There is no description of the program. The program starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Run, User Shell Folders). The Desktop.exe file is not a Windows core file. The program has a visible window. Desktop.exe appears to be a compressed file.
If Desktop.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows\System32, the security rating is 100% dangerous. The file size is 1,790,976 bytes. There is no description of the program. It is an unknown file in the Windows folder. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. The program is not visible. The program is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Run, User Shell Folders). The process listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. The file is not a Windows system file. Desktop.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs, hide itself and monitor applications.
If Desktop.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder, the security rating is 58% dangerous. The file size is 1,573,386 bytes (50% of all occurrences) or 228,692 bytes.
If Desktop.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\, the security rating is 34% dangerous. The file size is 2,521,088 bytes.
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There are different files with the same name:
Important: Some malware also uses the file name Desktop.exe, for example Adware:Win32/Isearch.D or Worm:Win32/Helompy.D (detected by Microsoft), and Trojan.Gen or Spyware.ISearch (detected by Symantec). Therefore, you should check the Desktop.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If Desktop Search has changed your browser's search engine and start page, you can recover your browser's default settings as follows:Reset default browser settings for Internet-Explorer ▾
A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with Desktop. 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 Desktop.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.