What is dude.exe?

The genuine dude.exe file is a software component of The Dude by Mikrotik.
The Dude network monitor improves the way a network environment is monitored. It will automatically scan all devices within specified subnets, draw and layout a map of networks, monitor device services and provide alerts if services have problems. Key features include: auto network discovery and layout; detection of new devices; device, link monitoring, and notifications; SVG icons for devices; and support for custom icons and backgrounds.

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 dude.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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Dude.exe file information

The process known as dude.exe belongs to software The Dude by unknown.

Description: Dude.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Dude.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 4,142,080 bytes (41% of all occurrences), 4,802,560 bytes and 4 more variants. 
The software has no file description. The program has no visible window. The dude.exe file is not a Windows core file. The program uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. Dude.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 72% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If any problems with The Dude occur, you can safely remove the program using the uninstall program of (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

Recommended: Identify dude.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as dude.exe. Therefore, you should check the dude.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 Dude network mapping and monitoring software
  Chris Drury   (further information)
udp anfrage an folgende ip port 161
Dude ist ein Netzwerkmonitor, der die Konfiguration des Netzes graphisch darstellen kann und auch die Geschwindigkeiten der Verbindungen ermittelt.
  Hans Getzner   (further information)
networking monitoring tool
  terri   (further information)
it is usefull tools for network monitoring
  arul sabilillah  
it is usefull tools for network monitoring

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of dude.exe: based on 6 votes with 7 user comments. 2 users think dude.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 3 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving dude issues

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