What is DF5Serv.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 DF5Serv.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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DF5Serv.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with DF5Serv
DF5Serv.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Deep Freeze (version 6 service, 5 service) belongs to software Deep Freeze (version 6, 5) or Adobe Illustrator (version CS2) by Faronics (

Description: DF5Serv.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. DF5Serv.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 429,056 bytes (22% of all occurrences), 430,080 bytes and 26 more variants. 
The program has no visible window. The file is not a Windows system file. DF5Serv.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and connect to the Internet. Therefore the technical security rating is 52% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In case you experience problems using DF5Serv.exe, you can also completely remove Adobe Illustrator CS2 (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as DF5Serv.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the DF5Serv.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

every time you restart, HD restores to pre-set image. this prevent any possibility of malicious usage or damage by unauthorized users, but also wipe out every file/setting every time restart is performed
  deep freeze  
Valid process, present when a system is seeded or in a frozen state by the product deepfreeze
  Raid 668   (further information)
Faronics Corp. Part of DeepFreeze. It's not malicious, but you'd have to be an idiot to use Deep Freeze.
It's basicly something very useful for computers at schools, preventing children to install games or chat programs.
Needed for DeepFreeze application - Good security program for use on PCs with multiple users. Works well in Schools, Libraries, and other locations where you want users to be able to do whatever they want and then easily restore to your default configuration with a simple reboot. Removes spyware and viruses that a user may have come in contact with.
  Rob   (further information)
As with just about any software, it can be launched with modules capable of setting user priveledges, scanning, getting temporary file information and just harmless ol' spying. Cute little bear though.
DeepFreeze app. Don't know, don't use. For Patitioned systems, Assign a daily programs app directory outside the system os parition. Freeze.. The Lazy mans ghost and curse.
  Random Fires  
It is part of Faronics Deep Freeze program.
Well a good way to manage your computer, good way to secure against anything.
  Tha God  
Faronics Deep Freeze program used to keep the system in frozen state so once rebooted it goes back to its orignal state
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of DF5Serv.exe: based on 32 votes with 14 user comments. 11 users think DF5Serv.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 6 users think it's probably harmless. 7 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. 7 users think DF5Serv.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 5 users don't grade DF5Serv.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving DF5Serv issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with DF5Serv. 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 DF5Serv.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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