What is Desktop.exe?
Desktop.exe is a executable file (a program) within Windows. The filename extension .exe denotes an executable file. You should only run executable files from publishers you trust, because executable files can potentially change your computer settings or harm your computer. The free file information forum can help you determine if Desktop.exe is a virus, trojan, spyware, or adware that you can remove, or a file belonging to a Windows system or to an application you can trust.
Desktop.exe file information
Description: Desktop.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file Desktop.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows (common is C:\WINDOWS\isrvs\).
The file size on Windows 7/XP is 268,800 bytes.
The Desktop.exe file is a file without information about the developer of this file. The software is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServices, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders). The file is not a Windows system file. The program has no visible window. Desktop.exe is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The file is able to record keyboard inputs. Desktop.exe is able to record inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 69% dangerous; however you should also read the users reviews.
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If Desktop.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 46% dangerous. The file size is 414,208 bytes (85% of all occurrences) or 4,613,624 bytes.
The process has no file description. The program is not visible. The file is not a Windows system file.
Desktop.exe is able to record inputs and connect to the Internet.
In case of any problems with Desktop.exe, you can also completely remove Virtual Desktop or 4shared Desktop (Control Panel⇒Add/Remove programs).
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 file information. It is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. The program has no visible window. The application starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServices, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders). The software listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. Desktop.exe is not a Windows core file. Desktop.exe is able to record inputs, hide itself and monitor applications.
If Desktop.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\, the security rating is 34% dangerous. The file size is 2,521,088 bytes.
If Desktop.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Documents and Settings", the security rating is 32% dangerous. The file size is 228,692 bytes.
External information from Paul Collins:
There are different files with the same name:
- "desktop" definitely not required. Added by the SDBOT.MD WORM!
- "Desktop Search" definitely not required. iSearch "Desktop Search" hijacker
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 IRC.Backdoor.Trojan or Spyware.ISearch (detected by Symantec). Therefore, you should check the Desktop.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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