What is RetroExpress.exe?

The genuine RetroExpress.exe file is a software component of Retrospect Express HD by Dantz Development.
RetroExpress is an external HDD back up utility. The program allows users to schedule backups up to once a day as well as to manage backups in a time line as restore points. The company was founded in 2011 by longtime Retrospect software team members.

RetroExpress stands for Retrospect Express

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 RetroExpress.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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RetroExpress.exe file information

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

The process known as Retrospect Express (version HD 1.0) belongs to software Retrospect Express HD by Dantz Development (

Description: RetroExpress.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. RetroExpress.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 6,946,816 bytes. 
The program has a visible window. There is no description of the program. The RetroExpress.exe file is not a Windows system file. The application can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. The program starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). Therefore the technical security rating is 10% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If any problems with Retrospect Express HD occur, you can also do the following:
  1) uninstall the software using the Uninstall a Program function of Windows Control Panel (Windows: Start, Settings, Control Panel, Uninstall a Program)
  2) consult Dantz’s Customer Service
  3) search for an update on the vendor’s website.

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

Maxtor Backup Program
I'm running 'Retro Express HD 1.1', an external HDD back up utility which came with my Maxtor USB drive. It was located in the \program files directory. But, sometimes lurking up almost every cycle of my CPU. For some reason the program had ended up in this incorrect state.
  Wytze   (further information)
Installs with Maxtor One Touch II drives. Doesn't work well with Vista. One Touch is not working well with Vista, not sure why yet. May be important for One Touch II to work.
  John Henle  
retroexpress.exe is a Hard Drive backup program that comes with the maxtor external hard drives It does an automatic backup set off of date and time that you set it up

Summary: Average user rating of RetroExpress.exe: based on 5 votes with 4 user comments. 3 users think RetroExpress.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving RetroExpress issues

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