What is PhotoshopElementsDeviceConnect.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 PhotoshopElementsDeviceConnect.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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PhotoshopElementsDeviceConnect.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with PhotoshopElementsDeviceConnect
PhotoshopElementsDeviceConnect.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Photoshop Elements Device Connect belongs to software Adobe Photoshop Elements or by Adobe Systems (

Description: PhotoshopElementsDeviceConnect.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. PhotoshopElementsDeviceConnect.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" (normally C:\Program Files\Adobe\Photoshop Elements 3.0\). The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 118,784 bytes. 
There is no description of the program. The program has no visible window. The file is not a Windows system file. The application can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. PhotoshopElementsDeviceConnect.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 44% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You have the option to uninstall or Adobe Photoshop Elements from your computer using the Control Panel applet Uninstall a Program, consult’s Customer Service for advice or update the program.

Recommended: Identify PhotoshopElementsDeviceConnect.exe related errors

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

Allows Elements 3 to download photos from digital cameras
  Richard Waters  
can I disable ?
I have a real problem with this component. It is taking up 80 percent of my CPU and I am not even using Photoshop Elements at the moment!!
I found that this process interferes with my norton antivirus, so I'm perminately removing it.
  Chris Faini  

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Summary: Average user rating of PhotoshopElementsDeviceConnect.exe: based on 6 votes with 4 user comments. One user thinks PhotoshopElementsDeviceConnect.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 4 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving PhotoshopElementsDeviceConnect issues

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

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