What is DMAScheduler.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 DMAScheduler.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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DMAScheduler.exe file information

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

The process known as DMAScheduler belongs to software HP DigitalMedia Archive or DMAScheduler by Sonic Solutions (

Description: DMAScheduler.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The DMAScheduler.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 90,112 bytes. 
DMAScheduler.exe is not a Windows system file. You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. The process starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The program is not visible. Therefore the technical security rating is 34% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If there are any problems with DMAScheduler.exe, you can also do the following:
  • search the support area on the Sonic website
  • uninstall HP DigitalMedia Archive from your computer using the Control Panel applet Uninstall a Program

Recommended: Identify DMAScheduler.exe related errors

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

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dmascheduler.exe belongs to HP DigitalMedia Archive that is located in c:\Program Files\HP DigitalMedia Archive\DMAScheduler.exe

Summary: Average user rating of DMAScheduler.exe: based on 3 votes with 2 user comments. One user thinks DMAScheduler.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless.

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Best practices for resolving DMAScheduler issues

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