What is DisplayLinkManager.exe?

The genuine DisplayLinkManager.exe file is a software component of DisplayLink Core Software by DisplayLink.
DisplayLink Core Software is software installed by DisplayLink products. DisplayLinkManager.exe runs the Display Link Manager, required to access DisplayLink software settings. This is not an essential Windows process and can be disabled if known to create problems. DisplayLink is an American company that develops semiconductor and software technology. The company is well known for its graphics technology, DisplayLink USB, designed to connect computers with displays over USB, Ethernet, and Wi-Fi. DisplayLink was founded in 2003 as Newnham Research by Dr. Quentin Stafford-Fraser and Martin King. DisplayLink is currently based in Palo Alto, California, USA.

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 DisplayLinkManager.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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DisplayLinkManager.exe file information

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

The process known as DisplayLinkManager Application belongs to software DisplayLink Core Software by DisplayLink (

Description: DisplayLinkManager.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. DisplayLinkManager.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 8,329,576 bytes (10% of all occurrences), 8,447,848 bytes and 25 more variants. 
The program has no visible window. DisplayLinkManager.exe is not a Windows system file. The file is digitally signed. The DisplayLinkManager.exe file is a Verisign signed file. The application can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. DisplayLinkManager.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 14% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If problems with DisplayLink Core Software come up, you can also do the following:
  1) uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program
  2) ask the developer,, for support
  3) update the program.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as DisplayLinkManager.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the DisplayLinkManager.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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Summary: Average user rating of DisplayLinkManager.exe: based on 2 votes with 2 user comments. 2 users think DisplayLinkManager.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application.

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Best practices for resolving DisplayLinkManager issues

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