How to remove the DirectShutdown virus

Most antivirus programs identify DirectShutdown.exe as malware.

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DirectShutdown.exe file information

The process known as DirectShutdown Module or DirectShutdown Application appears to belong to software DirectShutdown Module or DirectShutdown by DLAO Software.

Description: DirectShutdown.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file DirectShutdown.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 270,336 bytes (66% of all occurrences) or 417,792 bytes. 
The DirectShutdown.exe file is able to record keyboard inputs. DirectShutdown.exe is not a Windows system file. There is no information about the author of the file. The program starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: Run). DirectShutdown.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 78% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: If you run into problems with DirectShutdown.exe, you could also uninstall the software DirectShutdown using the Uninstall a Program function of Windows Control Panel (Windows: Start, Settings, Control Panel, Uninstall a Program).

Recommended: Identify DirectShutdown.exe related errors

Important: You should check the DirectShutdown.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 DirectShutdown issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: Security Task Manager examines the active DirectShutdown process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known anti-malware tool tells you if the DirectShutdown.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.

Other processes

DirectShutdown.exe [all]