What is DkIcon.exe?

The genuine DkIcon.exe file is a software component of Diskeeper Disk Defragmenter by Condusiv Technologies.
DkIcon.exe is an executable file that runs Diskeeper in the system tray as a background service. This is not an essential Windows process and can be disabled if known to create problems. This process is not needed to run Diskeeper, however, removing this process will disable automatic scheduling of disk defragmentation, though manual defragmentation is still possible. Diskeeper is a defragmentation program, originally designed for the VAX series of minicomputers. It was later developed for Microsoft Windows and served as a basis for the defragmentation program bundled with the Windows operating system. Diskeeper offers some very useful features such as the ability to prevent fragmentation before it happens by optimizing the process of data being written to disk. Condusiv Technologies is a an American software company that develops and sells utility programs designed to improve and maintain system functionality. OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) such as SanDisk, Samsung and LG often ship their products with Condusiv software pre-installed. Condusiv was formerly known as Diskeeper, named after its flagship product. It is based in Burbank, California, United States.

DkIcon stands for Diskeeper System Tray Icon

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 DkIcon.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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DkIcon.exe file information

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

The process belongs to software Diskeeperâ„¢ Disk Defragmenter or Diskeeper Home by Diskeeper ( or Executive Software International (

Description: DkIcon.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The DkIcon.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" (mostly C:\Program Files\Executive Software\Diskeeper\). Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 196,696 bytes (37% of all occurrences), 319,488 bytes and 6 more variants. 
It is not a Windows system file. You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. The software starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). Therefore the technical security rating is 17% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you are having problems with DkIcon.exe, you can also completely remove Diskeeper Lite or Diskeeper Professional Edition (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program), go to the support area of the Diskeeper website or search for an update on the vendor’s website.

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External information from Paul Collins:

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as DkIcon.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder, for example TrojanDownloader:Win32/Unruy.C (detected by Microsoft), and TROJ_Generic.DIT (detected by TrendMicro). Therefore, you should check the DkIcon.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

Diskeeper Professional Edition (defrag HD)
Not dangerous, defrags hard drives. Very handy.
It's the best defrag software- period
  Glen O. Jacobson  
you can disable this, but it wont load upon windows startup and wont defrag in background. When you play games go ahead and disable it to increase resources and memory
It is the Diskeeper system tray icon. It uses system resources unnecessarily and if you are aware enough to be looking at it here, disable it and just defragment manually every week or so.
Basically serves as an ad for Diskeeper. I do not think it is necessary for Diskeeper's operation
  Charles Jenkins  
can prevent proper shutdown of pc, until the process and dkservice are both stopped
  Craig Edwards  
This is not needed for Diskeeper to function UNLESS you use the "Set it and forget" defragmentation scheduling; which is really the main reason you purchase Diskeeper. So disable this if you want to only defragment manually.
  JReese   (further information)

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Summary: Average user rating of DkIcon.exe: based on 17 votes with 8 user comments. 13 users think DkIcon.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 4 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving DkIcon issues

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