What is DesktopClock.exe?

The genuine DesktopClock.exe file is a software component of Free Desktop Clock by Drive Software Company.
DesktopClock.exe is an executable file that runs the Desktop Clock, a clock that resides directly on the Windows desktop. This file is not a critical Windows component and should be removed if known to cause problems. Free Desktop Clock works as an upgrade for the native Windows taskbar clock. The program offers seconds, minutes and hours view and an option for Date view. It can synchronize with the Atomic clock standard, with a selection from five global servers. Customizable skins are provided with 52 presets and the ability to match skins to the color of the desktop. There is also a 'Transparent Background' option in case no skins are found desirable. Drive Software Company is a shareware software development company that designs and distributes utility software for the Windows platform. The company sells programs exclusively through the Internet. It was founded in 2002.

DesktopClock stands for Free Desktop Clock

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 DesktopClock.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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DesktopClock.exe file information

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

The process known as Free Desktop Clock (version 2.2, 2.1) belongs to software Free Desktop Clock or Verizon FiOS Media Manager by Drive Software Company (

Description: DesktopClock.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. DesktopClock.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of C:\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 334,848 bytes (60% of all occurrences), 1,113,600 bytes or 1,037,312 bytes. 
There is no information about the author of the file. The program has no visible window. DesktopClock.exe is not a Windows core file. The application starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: Run, User Shell Folders). The software can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. DesktopClock.exe is able to connect to the Internet and record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 56% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If there are any problems with DesktopClock.exe, you can do the following:
  1) uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program > Free Desktop Clock or Verizon FiOS Media Manager)
  2) ask for help from Support
  3) make sure that you have installed the latest version.

Recommended: Identify DesktopClock.exe related errors

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

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Summary: Average user rating of DesktopClock.exe: based on 3 votes with 2 user comments. 3 users think DesktopClock.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application.

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Best practices for resolving DesktopClock issues

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