What is DTShellHlp.exe?

The genuine DTShellHlp.exe file is a software component of DAEMON Tools by Disc Soft.
DAEMON Tools is a virtual drive emulator for the Windows and Mac OS platforms. DTShellHlp.exe is a Windows shell helper module responsible for customizing the Daemon Tools interface over the Windows shell. Disabling or removing this file may cause problems while running DAEMON Tools. Daemon (Disk And Execution MONitoring) Tools was designed to override copy protection methods such as SecuROM and SafeDisc. The program is the successor to Generic SafeDisc emulator and uses many of the same features including image creation, compression, editing and splitting, a command line interface, catalogue sharing, mounting images on remote servers, and much more. Disc Soft Ltd. is an American software company that is best known as the publishers and distributers of the DAEMON Tools drive emulation software. The company also represents Astroburn, an image editing software, as well as other software developers. Disc Soft was founded in 2005.

DTShellHlp stands for DAEMON Tools Shell Extensions Helper

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 DTShellHlp.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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DTShellHlp.exe file information

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

The process known as DAEMON Tools Shell Extensions Helper belongs to software DAEMON Tools Pro or DAEMON Tools Lite or DAEMON Tools Pro Advanced by DT Soft ( or Disc Soft.

Description: DTShellHlp.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The DTShellHlp.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of the user's profile folder or in a subfolder of C:\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 2,744,960 bytes (30% of all occurrences), 2,743,104 bytes and 33 more variants. 
The program is not visible. DTShellHlp.exe is not a Windows core file. The DTShellHlp.exe file is digitally signed. DTShellHlp.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 47% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If problems with DAEMON Tools Pro or DAEMON Tools Pro Advanced occur, you may also do the following:
  1) completely remove it (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program)
  2) search the support area on the Daemon-tools website.

Recommended: Identify DTShellHlp.exe related errors

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

DAEMON Tools (short for Disk And Execution MONitor tools) is a virtual drive and optical disc authoring program for Microsoft Windows.
  Evan   (further information)
Its a optional program that you can pick. comes with OS (I have windows 8.1)
  Just someone  
When working to uninstall it, it tries to take down other programs i.e. Air & Lightroom

Summary: Average user rating of DTShellHlp.exe: based on 5 votes with 3 user comments. 2 users think DTShellHlp.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user thinks DTShellHlp.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving DTShellHlp issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with DTShellHlp. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic 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 6resmon 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 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the DTShellHlp.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity 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. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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