What is DLLML.exe?

The genuine DLLML.exe file is a software component of DLL Module Loader by Creative Technology®.
The Windows executable 'DLLML.exe' is a DLL module loader for various sound cards by Creative Technology® that have infrared remote (IR) control capabilities. It gets installed with the software drivers. Products include 'X-Fi' cards, 'Audigy Pro' sound cards, etc. Creative Technology® was founded in 1981 and has revolutionized the way audio is heard on the PC with their SoundBlaster series sound cards, which paved the way for future audio technology. They have since expanded their product line with high quality items like wireless speakers, headphones, portable media devices, etc.

DLLML stands for DLL Module Loader

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 DLLML.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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DLLML.exe file information

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

The process known as DLL Module Loader belongs to software DLL Module Loader or Engine Installer or NVIDIA ForceWare Network or Sun ODF Plugin for Microsoft or VADIS Config by Creative Technology (

Description: DLLML.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The DLLML.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 49,152 bytes (70% of all occurrences), 57,344 bytes or 45,056 bytes. 
The DLLML.exe file is not a Windows core file. The program is not visible. The program is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Run). Therefore the technical security rating is 55% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you still experience problems with DLLML.exe, you can do the following:
  • go to the support area [1][2] of the Creative website
  • find out if there is a newer version [1][2] available
  • uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a ProgramCreative Audio or Stardock Impulse

Recommended: Identify DLLML.exe related errors

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

Creative program use for the remote control and popup info screen. Part of the creative enternaiment center program.
dllml.exe is a process belonging to Creative DLL Module Loader. "This program is a non-essential process, but should not be terminated unless suspected to be causing problems.
  Crapper   (further information)
DLLML.exe - DLLML.exe is the executable for the Creative X-Fi DLL Module Loader
  Harvester of Eyes   (further information) (further information)
wird mit der Soundblaster X-Fi Software installiert.... jedoch war auch ohne die Datei ist ein Moduswechsel oder Einstellungsänderung mögliche, genaue funktionsweise offen // it's a part of the x-fi software from creativ the cardruns normal after killing respond to mode or propertie changes i wasn't able to find out what the DLLML.exe is up for...
It is a resource HOG taking sometimes in excess of 20% CPU time! It is not required to run creative sound cards even when installed by the software. While it might have some use I can't acertain that it has made any difference when I shut the process down.
  Chris Singletary  
Creative manager for remote control, only usefull if you do have a creative card with remote control. I've just removed it (my card doesn't have remot) and everything works fine
Part of Creative drivers. Safe.
  Rokas   (further information)
Creative Xfi process
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of DLLML.exe: based on 38 votes with 9 reviews. 20 users think DLLML.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. 13 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users suspect danger. One user thinks DLLML.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it. 5 users don't grade DLLML.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving DLLML issues

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