What is dgnsvc.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 dgnsvc.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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Dgnsvc.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with dgnsvc
Dgnsvc.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Dragon NaturallySpeaking Service belongs to software Dragon NaturallySpeaking (version 12) by Nuance Communications (

Description: Dgnsvc.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The dgnsvc.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 296,808 bytes (42% of all occurrences), 310,232 bytes or 339,008 bytes. 
The program has no visible window. The dgnsvc.exe file is certified by a trustworthy company. Dgnsvc.exe is not a Windows system file. The application can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. It is a Verisign signed file. Dgnsvc.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 14% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: If problems with dgnsvc.exe come up, you can ask Customer Support to assist you or completely remove Dragon NaturallySpeaking 13 or Dragon NaturallySpeaking 12 (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as dgnsvc.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the dgnsvc.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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Best practices for resolving dgnsvc issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with dgnsvc. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic 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 6resmon 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 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the dgnsvc.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity 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. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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