What is dls.exe?

The genuine dls.exe file is a software component of Dymo Label by DYMO.
DYMO Label v8 is a program used to create and print labels. There are over 60 label types and sizes, in over 100 predesigned layouts. DYMO was established in 1958 as an embossing company based in California but is now an international brand name. The company was acquired by Newell Rubbermaid, a Fortune 100 company, in 2005. Its product line has diversified and includes contact management software and business card scanning solutions.

DLS stands for DYMO Label Software

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 dls.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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Dls.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with dls
Dls.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Provides network lookup service and enhances data transfer rate belongs to software DLS Provider by NetSoft Labs (

Description: Dls.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Dls.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder or sometimes in a subfolder of C:\Windows. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 286,720 bytes (28% of all occurrences), 307,200 bytes, 303,104 bytes, 405,504 bytes or 290,816 bytes. 
The dls.exe file is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. The program is not visible. Dls.exe is not a Windows core file. Dls.exe is able to connect to the Internet and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 57% dangerous.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as dls.exe, for example Backdoor.Win32.Agent.bczp (detected by Kaspersky), and Backdoor.Trojan (detected by Symantec). Therefore, you should check the dls.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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Best practices for resolving dls issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with dls. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic 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 resmon 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 DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the dls.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security 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. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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