What is DMedia.exe?

The genuine DMedia.exe file is a software component of ATK Hotkey Utility by ASUS.
ASUS ATK Hotkey Utility is a program that lets users modify the behaviour of keyboard function keys. DMedia.exe runs processes necessary for the optimal functioning of the ASUS ATK Hotkey Utility. This is not an essential Windows process and can be disabled if known to create problems. The ATK Hotkey Utility comes preinstalled on certain laptops manufactured by ASUS. The program enables users to change the behaviour of the keyboard's function (FN) keys, and even allows a combination of keypresses to trigger certain actions. This program usually runs as a background service and is run at system startup. ASUS is a Chinese personal computer vendor that manufactures everything from desktops and laptops to mobile phones, monitors, optical storage devices, and graphics cards. In 2013, it was the world's fifth largest computer seller, in terms of sales. The company began launching graphics cards in 2005 with their initial PhysX accelerator card. ASUS was founded in Taipei in 1989 by T.H. Tung, Ted Hsu, Wayne Hsieh and M.T. Liao, all previously employed by Acer. The company is currently headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan.

DMedia stands for Direct Media

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 DMedia.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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DMedia.exe file information

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

The process known as ATK Media or DMedia belongs to software ATK Package or ATK Media by ASUS ( or ASUSTeK Computer INC ( or ASUSTek Computer (

Description: DMedia.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The DMedia.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of the user's profile folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 61,440 bytes (54% of all occurrences), 159,744 bytes and 12 more variants. 
The DMedia.exe file is not a Windows core file. The program has no visible window. The program starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). Therefore the technical security rating is 40% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In case of problems with DMedia.exe, you could do the following:
  1) uninstall the software ATK Package or ATK Media using the Uninstall a Program function of Windows Control Panel (Windows: Start, Settings, Control Panel, Uninstall a Program)
  2) visit the vendor's support site.

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Important: Some malware also uses the file name DMedia.exe, for example W32.IRCBot.NG!gen7 (detected by Symantec), and Packed.Win32.TDSS.c (detected by Kaspersky). Therefore, you should check the DMedia.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

hab sie schon lange, läuft alles einwandfrei, weiß bloß nicht, was sie ist.
Provides functionality for multimedia shortcut buttons on Asus laptops
wird, wie oben beschrieben, beim bootvorgang aktiviert und kann das system ein paar minuten auslasten. ist zwar lästig, aber meiner meinung nach ungefährlich.
Controla todos los botones multimedia Volumen/Pantalla etc controladores ASUS
mit der atk package kann man hotkeys benutzen,ohne funktionieren sie nicht
Hotkey control for ASUS keyboards. Causes no problems for windows

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of DMedia.exe: based on 8 votes with 6 user comments. 2 users think DMedia.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users think DMedia.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it.

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Best practices for resolving DMedia issues

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