What is nvdesk32.dll?

Nvdesk32.dll is a Windows DLL file. DLL is the abbreviation for Dynamic Link Library. DLL files are needed by programs or web browser extensions, because they contain program code, data, and resources. The following information can help you determine if nvdesk32.dll is a Windows system file or if it belongs to an application that you can trust.

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Nvdesk32.dll file information

The process known as NVIDIA Desktop Manager Hook Library belongs to software NVIDIA Desktop Manager Hook Library by NVIDIA (

Description: Nvdesk32.dll is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The nvdesk32.dll file is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 102,400 bytes (88% of all occurrences) or 20 bytes. 
A .dll file (Dynamic Link Library) is a special type of Windows program containing functions that other programs can call. This .dll file can be injected to all running processes and can change or manipulate their behavior. The nvdesk32.dll file is not a Windows system file. The program has no visible window. The service has no detailed description. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. The application starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: AppInit_DLLs). Nvdesk32.dll is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 62% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: Some malware disguises itself as nvdesk32.dll, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the nvdesk32.dll 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

Graphics Card Manager. Harmless.
  George Moessis  
NVidia Desktop Manager Driver (VideoCard App)
  André Lelis Gonçalves   (further information)
Adware Away found a malicious nvdesk32 entry in the registry!!! = HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows\NVDESK32.dll...Be aware some instances of NVDESK32.dll are needed for NVIDIA display drivers....If you don't already have antivirus software get's free...and use adware and free spyware tools such as spybot s&d and lavasoft adaware se
  Mr. X  

  sBoPrFtvfa   (further information)
FastScan found this dll as a possible trojan. Created a restoration point and changed name. No issues. Windows XP

Summary: Average user rating of nvdesk32.dll: based on 5 votes with 5 user comments. 2 users think nvdesk32.dll is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving nvdesk32 issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with nvdesk32. 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 nvdesk32.dll 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.

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