What is DTLite.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 DTLite.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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DTLite.exe file information

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

The process known as DAEMON Tools Lite belongs to software DAEMON Tools Lite by DT Soft ( or Disc Soft.

Description: DTLite.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. DTLite.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of C:\ or in a subfolder of the user's "Documents" folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 369,200 bytes (25% of all occurrences), 357,696 bytes and 17 more variants. 
The file has a digital signature. The DTLite.exe file is not a Windows system file. The program has no visible window. The program starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: Run, DEFAULT\Run, MACHINE\Run). DTLite.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 37% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In case of any problems with DTLite.exe, you can do the following:

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

enables you to emulate up to 4 CD/DVD virtual drives on your PC
  DBassmun   (further information)
Deamon Tools Lite CD/DVD-Laufwerks-Emulator
  root   (further information)
It is like a virtual drive it works with media devices. not really harmfull. shouldn't run full time though.
It is a virtual CD/DVD drive for working with image files
Daemon Tools Lite from DT Soft Ltd - used to create an image of a CD/DVD/Blu-ray disc and mount the created image-file (.iso, .bin, etc) to a virtual CD/DVD/Blu-ray drive. The original can be stored in a safe place and the loading times are significantly reduced as the virtual drive is much faster. Required if you use the automount feature to reload images on a reboot.
  Mike   (further information)
DTLite.exe is part of Daemon Tools which is a virtual cd/dvd-rom emulator
  ice89   (further information)
Perfectly safe, creates virtual drives so you can load disc images, which are essentially virtual disc backups.
Symantec hit on this file in the wee hours of the morning and tagged it as OpenCandy. The file was quarantined

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of DTLite.exe: based on 12 votes with 8 user comments. 7 users think DTLite.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. One user suspects danger. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving DTLite issues

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