What is lkads.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 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.

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Lkads.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with lkads
Lkads.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as lkads or Part of Logos belongs to software National Instruments Logos or NI Logos or National Instruments PSP Server Locator by National Instruments (

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 (40% of all occurrences), 45,056 bytes and 6 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 32% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you run into problems with lkads.exe, you can ask Customer Support to assist you or uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program > lkads or NI Logos).

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If lkads.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows, the security rating is 32% dangerous. The file size is 40,488 bytes (26% of all occurrences), 53,032 bytes and 5 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.

Uninstalling this variant: If you run into problems with lkads.exe, you can ask Customer Support to assist you or uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program > lkads).

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.


User Comments

hatte bei mit Größe 45118 und war auch eine Hilfsdatei von LabView (National Instruments). Sie versuchte bei mir, lokal UDP-Pakete zu verschicken.
  Ingo Kresse  
included with Multisim/Ultiboard/etc
It is part of the program MULTISIM (simulation of electrical circuits) - software by National Instruments
  Dave Genew  
National Instruments is famous for putting Spyware like this on systems that get any of their products installed, and they leave it on after the software is Uninstalled. If you have removed all of the National Instruments software (like Labview), you will find they left behind two System Services on your PC, the "National Instruments PSP Server Locator" Service and the "National Instruments Time Synchronization" Service. You can use the Services management tool to set them to not start automatically.
It is very similar to Apple's Bonjour service. It is utilized to negotiate network communication between devices on the local subnet with the PC. It may or may not be essential depending on your usage. If you use Network Streams, Network Shared Variables, MAX, cRIO, Smart Cameras, etc. you should not disable or remove it. This is not spyware, don't be silly. National Instruments has many software products and has struggled with software bloat from different groups. This bloat is similar to Windows device drivers. They install everything you might need rather than making you download drivers for every little change. Their installers have improved in the last couple years with uninstalling everything fully.
  Matt Whitlock   (further information)
It stole 52% of my processor, and put the battery life to 1/3. Cost me a lot of lossed work time during travelling.

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Summary: Average user rating of lkads.exe: based on 6 votes with 6 user comments. 2 users think lkads.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 3 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger.

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Best practices for resolving lkads issues

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 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 lkads.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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