What is dhcpsrv.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 dhcpsrv.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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Dhcpsrv.exe file information

The process known as DHCP Server for Windows belongs to software DHCP Server by Uwe A. Ruttkamp.

Description: Dhcpsrv.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file dhcpsrv.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 3,072 bytes (50% of all occurrences) or 110,592 bytes. 
The program has no visible window. The application listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. It is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 79% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

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If dhcpsrv.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 60% dangerous. The file size is 36,864 bytes. The program has no visible window. The process listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. Dhcpsrv.exe is not a Windows system file.

Important: Some malware also uses the file name dhcpsrv.exe, for example TROJ_GEN.R47C1ID (detected by TrendMicro), and Trojan Horse (detected by Symantec). Therefore, you should check the dhcpsrv.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 dhcpsrv.exe: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving dhcpsrv issues

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