What is Popup.exe?

The genuine Popup.exe file is a software component of Dell SAS RAID Storage Manager by Dell.
Popup.exe is an executable file that belongs to Dell SAS RAID Storage Manager, a program that lets users configure, monitor, and manage storage configurations on RAID format disk drives. This is not an essential Windows process and can be disabled if known to create problems. Dell SAS RAID Storage Manager is a program designed for the Windows platform that provides array configuration and management options for system administrations. The program lets enables online capacity expansion, RAID level migration, and random logical drive deletion without system shutdown. Dell Inc. is an American company that develops, distributes, repairs and supports computer related products and services all across the world. Founded by Michael Dell in 1984, today it sits at number 51 in the Fortune 500 list. With many new corporate acquisitions under its belt, Dell has entered many new technological markets. It is one of the largest technological corporations in the world, employing more than 103,300 people worldwide.

Popup stands for Dell SAS RAID Storage Manager Popup Service

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 Popup.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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Popup.exe file information

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

The process known as popup or Pcounter Popup (Windows) belongs to software Dell SAS RAID Storage Manager or MegaRAID Storage Manager or Pcounter by LSI ( or A.N.D. Technologies ( or Totalidea Software New Zealand (

Description: Popup.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file Popup.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 61,526 bytes (40% of all occurrences), 102,400 bytes and 5 more variants. 
The program is not visible. It is not a Windows core file. The software is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Run). The process listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. It is a file with no information about its developer. The software can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. Therefore the technical security rating is 54% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: The software vendor offers the option to do the following:
  • search for help on the company's website
  • uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program > MegaRAID Storage Manager or Dell SAS RAID Storage Manager)

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External information from Paul Collins:

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

  Assembleia   (further information)
popup.exe is part of Pop-Up_Blocker. A Tweak-XP component, blocks advertisement pop-up windows in Internet Explorer. Can be enabled/disabled via Tweak-XP - Internet Tweaks
It allows your RAID controller to inform you of fatal and critical errors. This has nothing to do with web browser pop ups.
  Daniel   (further information)

Summary: Average user rating of Popup.exe: based on 4 votes with 3 user comments. 2 users think Popup.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving Popup issues

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