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Is HydraDM.exe safe?

HydraDM.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 HydraDM.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.

HydraDM.exe file information

The process known as HydraDM or HydraVision belongs to software ATI Technologies Inc. HydraVision Desktop Manager or AMD HydraVision Desktop Manager by ATI Technologies (www.ati.com) or AMD (www.amd.com).

Description: HydraDM.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. HydraDM.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of C:\ or in a subfolder of "C:\Documents and Settings" - mostly C:\Program Files\ATI Technologies\ATI HydraVision\. Known file sizes on Windows 7/XP are 270,336 bytes (57% of all occurrences), 393,216 bytes and 7 more variants. http://www.file.net/process/hydradm.exe.html 
The file is not a Windows system file. The program has no visible window. The software is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders, HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run). It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. HydraDM.exe is able to record inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 68% dangerous, however also read the users reviews.
In case you experience problems using HydraDM.exe, you may also do the following:

  • contact www.amd.com Customer Service
  • find out if there is a newer version available
  • uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Add/Remove programs > HydraVision Desktop Manager or Catalyst Control Center)

Recommended: Identify HydraDM.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as HydraDM.exe, particularly when located in the c:\windows or c:\windows\system32 folder. Therefore, you should check the HydraDM.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

Mouse wasn't responding 100% correctly in Windows 8.1, e.g. when dragging windows around, it behaved as if the mouse button was not pressed all the time. All fine after I disabled this. Not the 1st time I've had problems with AMD software.
  Paul Roberts  
Makes my mouse lag, along with HydraDM64
Sets a global mousehook which can cause problems if you are developing an atl activex control.
  John Price  
Hydravision Desktop Manager. Completely safe, if you think otherwise then you are highly uneducated.
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You can disable it from the Catalyst Control Center (new tab named "Hydravision"). Disabling will close the .EXE files automatically.
ATI process for dual screens or triple screens
Screen reftreh serously effected after installation. Returned to normal after uninstall.
ATI's Hydra Vision allows you to manage multiple virtual desktops, and and individual desktop management settings for applications. Similar to the nview application of nvidia
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of HydraDM.exe: based on 41 votes with 9 reviews.
30 users think HydraDM.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. 7 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users suspect danger. One user is not sure about it.

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