What is dlm.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 dlm.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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Dlm.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with dlm
Dlm.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Download Manager or OpenCandy recommendation downloader (version p46) belongs to software Download Manager or OpenCandy recommendation downloader by IGN Entertainment ( or OpenCandy.

Description: Dlm.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Dlm.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of C:\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,103,216 bytes (53% of all occurrences), 1,103,480 bytes or 972,432 bytes. 
The program has a visible window. Dlm.exe is not a Windows core file. The dlm.exe file is a Verisign signed file. Dlm.exe is digitally signed. The application starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: Run). Therefore the technical security rating is 2% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In case of problems with dlm.exe, you can also completely remove Download Manager (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

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

dlm.exe is also Adult content dialer if located in C:\WINDOWS\dlm.exe
i want to know how to open a dlm files.
Malware stuft die datei dlm.exe als bedrohung ein - ich hab sie entfernt !!

Summary: Average user rating of dlm.exe: based on 2 votes with 3 user comments. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user suspects danger. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving dlm issues

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