Is dwm.exe safe?
Dwm.exe is a executable file (a program) within Windows. The filename extension .exe denotes an executable file. You should only run executable files from publishers you trust, because executable files can potentially change your computer settings or harm your computer. The free file information forum can help you determine if dwm.exe is a virus, trojan, spyware, or adware that you can remove, or a file belonging to a Windows system or to an application you can trust.
Dwm.exe file information
The process known as Desktop Window Manager or Microsoft Desktop Window Manager or Administrador de ventanas del escritorio or Desktopfenster-Manager or Microsoft .NET ClickOnce Launch Utility
belongs to software Microsoft Windows Operating System or GSoft or Microsoft .NET Framework or Sistema operativo Microsoft Windows or Betriebssystem Microsoft Windows
by Microsoft (www.microsoft.com).
Description: The original dwm.exe from Microsoft is an important part of Windows, but often causes problems. dwm.exe is located in the folder C:\Windows\System32.
Known file sizes on Windows 7/XP are 81,920 bytes (37% of all occurrences), 83,456 bytes and 11 more variants.
Dwm.exe is a Windows core system file. The program has no visible window. The dwm.exe file is a trustworthy file from Microsoft. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 22% dangerous, however also read the users reviews.
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Viruses with the same file name
Is dwm.exe a virus? No, it is not. The true dwm.exe file is a safe Microsoft Windows system process, called "Desktop Window Manager".
However, writers of malware programs, such as viruses, worms, and trojans deliberately give their processes the same file name to escape detection. Viruses with the same file name are for example Mal_Banker11 or TROJ_DEEWOMZ.M (detected by TrendMicro), and Trojan-Downloader.Win32.Agent.fjqt or Trojan-Banker.Win32.Banker.sieg (detected by Kaspersky).
To ensure that no rogue dwm.exe is running on your PC, click here to run a Free Malware Scan.
How to recognize suspicious variants? If dwm.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Documents and Settings", the security rating is 69% dangerous. The file size is 172,032 bytes (4% of all occurrences), 179,200 bytes and 77 more variants. The process has no file description. The program has no visible window. Dwm.exe is not a Windows system file. The application listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. Dwm.exe is able to monitor applications.
If dwm.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 58% dangerous. The file size is 137,216 bytes (12% of all occurrences), 177,152 bytes and 24 more variants. There is no description of the program. The program has no visible window. It is not a Windows system file. Dwm.exe is able to monitor applications.
If dwm.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows, the security rating is 68% dangerous. The file size is 142,336 bytes (27% of all occurrences), 36,352 bytes and 5 more variants.
If dwm.exe is located in a subfolder of Windows Temp folder, the security rating is 56% dangerous. The file size is 7,058,432 bytes (71% of all occurrences) or 544,782 bytes.
If dwm.exe is located in the Windows Temp folder, the security rating is 64% dangerous. The file size is 226,816 bytes (50% of all occurrences) or 111,616 bytes.
If dwm.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\, the security rating is 64% dangerous. The file size is 2,263,552 bytes.
Important: Some malware disguises itself as dwm.exe, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the dwm.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.
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