What is dl.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 dl.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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Dl.exe file information

The process dl.exe has no data about its author.

Description: Dl.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file dl.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 46,130 bytes. 
There is no description of the program. The program has no visible window. The dl.exe file is not a Windows system file. Therefore the technical security rating is 56% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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If dl.exe is located in C:\, the security rating is 100% dangerous. The file size is 302,209 bytes. There is no file information. The program has no visible window. Some people think it is dangerous. The file is not a Windows core file. Dl.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs, monitor applications and manipulate other programs.

Important: Some malware also uses the file name dl.exe, for example Downloader (detected by Symantec), and TROJ_AGENT.AHXG (detected by TrendMicro). Therefore, you should check the dl.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

Dl.exe a VIRUS!!! I have developed a removal tool to remove the virus ("±¥¶º² ¸¥¼ù²¯².exe) . Visit following link and download the free removal tool. The analysis report is also available. You can report the creater of above virus to the mentioned address on the above page. Please report him/her to avoid this kind of abusers. Thank you. Imago Labs (Sri Lanka)
  Kanishka Dilshan   (further information)
Trojan horse undetected by most antivirus programs and which, in our experience, is picked up through the use of KaZaA or through kids downloading supposedly free games from specific websites. When running, this task attempts to connect to a particular IP address and attempts to install additional parasite and insecure software which, luckily, gets picked up by most firewalls.
  Joanna   (further information)
Suspect was infected installing Free All-In-One Media Player. I had installed this to view something at one time, and noticed it put other stuff on my PC that I did not want.
  Jim Mapes  

Summary: Average user rating of dl.exe: based on 3 votes with 3 user comments. 2 users suspect danger. One user thinks dl.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving dl issues

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