What is fdm.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 fdm.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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Fdm.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with fdm
Fdm.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Free Download Manager belongs to software Free Download Manager (version 2.1, 1.9, 2.1 - Free Downloads Center Edition, 2.5) or Jaws PDF Creator (version 4) by FreeDownloadManager.ORG (

Description: Fdm.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The fdm.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of C:\. Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/XP are 2,068,527 bytes (37% of all occurrences), 1,642,543 bytes and 25 more variants. 
The program has a visible window. The file is not a Windows system file. There is no information about the author of the file. Fdm.exe is able to monitor applications and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 34% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.
You have the option to do the following:
  1) uninstall Free Download Manager or Free Download Manager 2.1 from your computer using the Control Panel applet "Add/Remove programs"
  2) contact Customer Service
  3) search for an update on the vendor’s website.

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

Free Download Manager (FDM) is a full-featured download accelerator and manager. It is absolutely free! Using this software product you can easily download a list of files and whole web sites from any remote server via HTTP, HTTPS and FTP. With FDM the downloading process will be as easy as never before!
  Carloss XL   (further information)
it is a normal download manager, which only helps you downloading more than one files, since you can schedule the downloads, or simply having them download in a certain order. in short, no danger, whatsoever...
Free Download Manager, Freeware Programm
  Jens   (further information)
Free Download Manager
I did not find fdm in Control Panel. in addition it is not work. By the way my Win. is Vista.
Belongs to Free Download Manager, not a risk and is quite a useful little program. Will assist you with downloads in both obtaining maximum speeds and scheduling. Also adds the ability to handle .torrent files.
  PvtStash   (further information)
free download manager keep an eye on port 1500 check firewall logs !!
  frank stahl  
i know it is trying to send info or contact ip address which is registered in Moldova, a country in eastern Europe.
  A worried User  
Free Download Manager
  Christopher Aicher  
free download manager/fdm.exe.R6002

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of fdm.exe: based on 11 votes with 10 user comments. 6 users think fdm.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users suspect danger. 2 users don't grade fdm.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving fdm issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with fdm. 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 doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, 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 fdm.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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