What is topdesk.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 topdesk.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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Topdesk.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with topdesk
Topdesk.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as TOPDESK MFC Application belongs to software TopDesk or SnadBoy's TopDesk by Otaku Software ( or SnadBoy Software.

Description: Topdesk.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file topdesk.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder or sometimes in a subfolder of C:\Windows\System32 or in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,937,920 bytes (50% of all occurrences), 1,912,832 bytes, 201,216 bytes, 1,948,160 bytes or 195,584 bytes. 
The application is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: Run, DEFAULT\Run, MACHINE\Run, User Shell Folders). The file is not a Windows core file. The program is not visible. The topdesk.exe file is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. Topdesk.exe is able to monitor applications and record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 74% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

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

Niedliches kleines Tool.
  Vampire   (further information)
Otaku Software Topdesk, an Expose clone for Windows. Manipulates other programs to provide fast window selection.
  Moose   (further information)
provides quicklaunch type functionality to all items on your desktop from icon in the system tray.
Safe if obtained from Otuku Software
  GaryD   (further information)

Summary: Average user rating of topdesk.exe: based on 4 votes with 4 user comments. 4 users think topdesk.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application.

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Best practices for resolving topdesk issues

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