What is dnscrypt-proxy.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 dnscrypt-proxy.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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Dnscrypt-proxy.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with dnscrypt-proxy
Dnscrypt-proxy.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as DNSCrypt belongs to software DNSCrypt or DNS Leak Fix for OpenVPN by OpenDNS (

Description: Dnscrypt-proxy.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Dnscrypt-proxy.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 410,126 bytes (50% of all occurrences), 537,918 bytes or 580,297 bytes. 
There is no description of the program. The program is not visible. The file is not a Windows system file. The software uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. Dnscrypt-proxy.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 64% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: It is possible to do the following:

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If dnscrypt-proxy.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder, the security rating is 78% dangerous. The file size is 584,248 bytes (50% of all occurrences) or 261,646 bytes. There is no information about the author of the file. The program is not visible. Dnscrypt-proxy.exe is not a Windows core file.

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

This is a product of A top of the line dns server company. This product is free and encrypts your traffic between your computer and opendns servers.
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Summary: Average user rating of dnscrypt-proxy.exe: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user thinks dnscrypt-proxy.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application.

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Best practices for resolving dnscrypt-proxy issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with dnscrypt-proxy. 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 dnscrypt-proxy.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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