What is DontSleep.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 DontSleep.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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DontSleep.exe file information

The process known as Don't Sleep (version 2.21, 2.43) belongs to software Don't Sleep by Nenad Hrg (

Description: DontSleep.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. DontSleep.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 59,392 bytes. 
The program has no visible window. The process is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: Run). It is not a Windows core file. DontSleep.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 50% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

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If DontSleep.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder, the security rating is 42% dangerous. The file size is 197,120 bytes. The program has a visible window. The file is not a Windows system file. DontSleep.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs.

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

Don't Sleep is a small portable program to prevent system shutdown, Standby, Hibernate, Turn Off and Restart. Especially when old Programs run on Windows-7 or Windows Vista. Here's more aggressive power-saving features with new rules. But not only that, it also prevents loggin off the computer, and the deactivation of the monitor or activation of the screen saver. Of course you can also manually disable all the options and then activate again, but with Don't Sleep one can save now many hand moves and also save time! And it's easier than ever. Apart from the fact Don't Sleep has a timer that allows time control unblock, or shutdown the computer for a specified time. Don't Sleep does not have to be installed and can be executed easily from the desktop, and can be carried on a small usb-stick or other memory device.
  BiLL Solomon   (further information)

Summary: Average user rating of DontSleep.exe: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user thinks DontSleep.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application.

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Best practices for resolving DontSleep issues

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