What is Toaster.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 Toaster.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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Toaster.exe file information

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

The process known as Dell DataSafe Local Backup or Dell Backup And Recovery Toaster or AlienRespawn belongs to software Dell DataSafe Local Backup or Dell Backup And Recovery or AlienRespawn by SoftThinks - Dell.

Description: Toaster.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Toaster.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 4,109,312 bytes (20% of all occurrences), 4,293,952 bytes and 18 more variants. 
The program has no visible window. The file is not a Windows system file. Toaster.exe is digitally signed. Toaster.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 30% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In case of problems with Toaster.exe, you can look for help on the website or uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program > Dell DataSafe Local Backup or Dell Backup and Recovery).

Recommended: Identify Toaster.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as Toaster.exe. Therefore, you should check the Toaster.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

Toaster.exe is useful in the sense that it will restore your device to factory settings but keep personal data and files. Thats the reason it takes input. Its not necessary but it could be useful to backup from a virus or malware, or any system error.
It was the only unknown process running in Task Manager when my computer kept freezing. I recommend deleting it if you find it on yours.
its used for recovery of your files if there was an error where you needed to backup and reset..
Toaster.exe locks out mouse scrolling function, causing you to have to double-click on the side bar to scroll. It also does not allow you to drag and drop files or transfer files from one place to another.
It is part of Dell Backup and Restore (installed on most DELL Computers to backup and restore your computer to Factory Conditions
  Andy Howard  
Lets you create dell recovery media. Not a virus but not essential either and it takes up a large amount of RAM.
Keeps looking for a non-existent drive. Locks up machine.
Toaster.exe seems to cause problems with launching Steam.exe. I could not get Steam to launch, and I found this unknown process running. When I ended this process, Steam started up fine. This needs verification though.
My Dell laptop locks up when Dell Toaster is running. I backup all my files on a disc. Toaster is just gets in the way
  Darrell Hambley  

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of Toaster.exe: based on 11 votes with 9 user comments. 2 users think Toaster.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 4 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 5 users suspect danger. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving Toaster issues

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