What is dslmon.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 dslmon.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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Dslmon.exe file information

The process known as ADIMON MFC Application or MSNIA DSL Monitor belongs to software DSLMON Application or Microsoft® MSN by Sagem Communication ( or Microsoft (

Description: Dslmon.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Dslmon.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 962,661 bytes (20% of all occurrences), 962,660 bytes and 15 more variants. 
The file is not a Windows core file. There is no information about the author of the file. The application starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\User Shell Folders, MACHINE\Run). The program has no visible window. Dslmon.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 48% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you are having problems with dslmon.exe, you can uninstall SAGEM F from your computer using the Control Panel applet Uninstall a Program.

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

Date von USB DSL Modem Treiber nix Gefärliches
DSL-Modem Treiber
    (further information)
Monitors performance of DSL modems. Can be used to reset modem if problems with connection occur.
required for the modem
this is for the sagem dsl modem, not dangerous
needed for modem
  stuart lee-haigh  
dslmon.exe is a process associated with the Sagem DSL Modem. This process is used for detecting the modem and should not be removed.
    (further information)
it is the download accelerator
  lawrence   (further information)

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Summary: Average user rating of dslmon.exe: based on 10 votes with 8 user comments. 8 users think dslmon.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user thinks dslmon.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving dslmon issues

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