What is Display.exe?

The genuine Display.exe file is a software component of APC PowerChute Personal Edition by APC.
Display.exe is an executable file that belongs to APC PowerChute Business Edition, a power management program designed to protect computer systems from power failures. This is not an essential Windows process and can be disabled if known to create problems. PowerChute is an software application designed by APC (American Power Conversion) to manage the uninterruptible power supply (UPS) devices produced by the company. PowerChute features the ability to automatically shutdown computers, servers and workstations during an extended power outage. The software can also monitor and log the status of the UPS. APC, formerly known as the American Power Conversion Corporation, is an American company that develops solutions in uninterruptible power supply. It also produces solutions in data center, server, storage and software services. APC was founded in 1981 and originally was focused entirely on research into solar energy. The company was acquired by Schneider Electric SE, a multinational corporation based out of France that develops solutions in electricity distribution, automation management and designs and manufactures installation components for energy management. APC is headquartered in West Kingston, Rhode Island, United States.

display stands for Startup notification display module

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 Display.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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Display.exe file information

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

The process known as Startup notification module or Workplace Display or Startup Notification Module belongs to software APC PowerChute Personal Edition or QMS AKIS Client by American Power Conversion ( or AKIS Technologies.

Description: Display.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Display.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 221,295 bytes (40% of all occurrences), 267,520 bytes, 209,005 bytes or 221,247 bytes. 
The program has a visible window. The program is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\User Shell Folders, User Shell Folders, Run). Display.exe is not a Windows system file. Therefore the technical security rating is 18% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you are having problems with Display.exe, you can also visit the website, update the program to the latest version or uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program > APC PowerChute Personal Edition).

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If Display.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\, the security rating is 32% dangerous. The file size is 263,680 bytes. The program has a visible window. The process is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\User Shell Folders, User Shell Folders, Run). The Display.exe file is not a Windows system file. Display.exe appears to be a compressed file.

Uninstalling this variant: If you are having problems with Display.exe, you can also visit the website or uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program > QMS AKIS Client).

External information from Paul Collins:

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as Display.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the Display.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

C:\Program Files\APC\APC PowerChute Personal
software that came with my APC battery back up
Display.exe is also the valid exe file for Oregon Scientific Weather program, which is the software component to their Weather Stations. The program comes with and supports the WMR200 and may support other stations
  Corbo   (further information)

Summary: Average user rating of Display.exe: based on 4 votes with 3 user comments. One user thinks Display.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving Display issues

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