What is DPHelper.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 DPHelper.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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DPHelper.exe file information

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

The process known as DPHelper Application belongs to software DPHelper by Portrait Displays ( or PORTRAIT DISPLAYS, INC.

Description: DPHelper.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file DPHelper.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 163,344 bytes (23% of all occurrences), 129,648 bytes and 8 more variants. 
The program has no visible window. The file is not a Windows system file. The DPHelper.exe file is certified by a trustworthy company. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. The file is a Verisign signed file. There is no file information. DPHelper.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 54% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as DPHelper.exe. Therefore, you should check the DPHelper.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

The file is appears to be associated with DPHelper64.exe. Both DPHelper .exe and DPHelper64.exe, on a 64 Bit Windows 7 system, are located in "C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Portrait Displays\. The "DPHelper.exe" file is signed by "Portrait Displays, Inc", on Oct 13, 2011 5:10:35 PM.
  Dan M.  
in my case it was installed with HP Display assistant.
  J Ross  

Summary: Average user rating of DPHelper.exe: based on 1 vote with 2 user comments. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving DPHelper issues

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