Most antivirus programs identify dgen.exe as malware—for example Symantec identifies it as Trojan.Gen.2 or Bitcoinminer, and TrendMicro identifies it as TROJ_SPNR.07GA14 or HKTL_BITCOINMINE.
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Description: Dgen.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The dgen.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files".
Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 399,360 bytes (65% of all occurrences) or 173,070 bytes.
The program has no file description. The program is not visible. It is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 62% dangerous.
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If dgen.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows, the security rating is 76% dangerous. The file size is 399,360 bytes (28% of all occurrences), 173,070 bytes, 327,589 bytes, 403,968 bytes or 765,952 bytes. The process has no file description. The dgen.exe file is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. The program is not visible. It is not a Windows core file.
Important: You should check the dgen.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.
The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: Security Task Manager examines the active dgen process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known anti-malware tool tells you if the dgen.exe on your computer displays annoying ads, slowing it down. This type of unwanted adware program is not considered by some antivirus software to be a virus and is therefore not marked for cleanup.
A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding PC trouble. 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.