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 lkads.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.
Description: Lkads.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Lkads.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder.
Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 40,488 bytes (37% of all occurrences), 45,056 bytes and 7 more variants.
The program is not visible. The file is not a Windows core file. You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. The program uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. It is certified by a trustworthy company. The file is a Verisign signed file. The lkads.exe file is a file with no information about its developer. Therefore the technical security rating is 34% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.
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If lkads.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows, the security rating is 35% dangerous. The file size is 53,544 bytes (25% of all occurrences), 53,032 bytes and 6 more variants. There is no description of the program. The program has no visible window. It is a Verisign signed file. The file has a digital signature. The lkads.exe file is not a Windows system file. The program can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet.
Important: Some malware disguises itself as lkads.exe, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the lkads.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.
A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with lkads. 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 lkads.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.