What is Discover.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 Discover.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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Discover.exe file information

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

The process known as DISCover Drop & Play System Executable or Chromium belongs to software DISCover Drop & Play System or DISCover Drop & Play System Executable or CLICK YES BELOW LP by Digital Interactive Systems ( or The Chromium Authors.

Description: Discover.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file Discover.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,064,960 bytes (31% of all occurrences), 1,077,248 bytes and 4 more variants. 
The Discover.exe file is not a Windows system file. The process listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. The program is not visible. The application starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). Discover.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 64% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: The software publisher Digitalinteractive provides update information ( or You could uninstall DISCover or HP Games software via Windows Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 10/8/7).

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If Discover.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder, the security rating is 44% dangerous. The file size is 668,264 bytes (66% of all occurrences) or 668,776 bytes. The program has no visible window. Discover.exe is digitally signed. The file is not a Windows core file. Discover.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and manipulate other programs.

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as Discover.exe. Therefore, you should check the Discover.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

Came with HP computer; part of video gaming ASP relationship
  Jeff Gilfor, M.D.  
It tried to install it self on new XP system
  Randall Schornack  
this is used by windows media center for games
  Walter Johnston  
If you play games on line this is a part of Steam, Steam is an online gaming community? I have friends that play Counter Strike Source and need a Steam account to play.
HP Gaming file...
Also spawns myftp.exe, Digital Interactive's email gets returned, called them at 2:00 pm and went straight to voicemail, removed and my PC works much better
can I remove it from my system if I don't play games
Windows says it can't find the file, now I can't find my CDROM drive. It seems to be important
  Brody M  
Made by Digital Interactive Systems of L.A. CA, apparently used for games
  Roy Henock   (further information)

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of Discover.exe: based on 10 votes with 9 user comments. One user thinks Discover.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 4 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users suspect danger. 2 users think Discover.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 2 users don't grade Discover.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving Discover issues

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