What is desktop.exe?

The genuine desktop.exe file is a software component of Virtual Desktop by New IT Solutions.
Desktop.exe is an executable file that belongs to Virtual Desktop, a desktop manager application that lets users create multiple desktops and easily switch between them. This process has been reported to be a virus by top anti-virus programs. If it exists in the "C:\" drive, it should be removed with a good anti-virus program. Virtual Desktop was created by Daniel Vladutu, a member on the development team of the popular, Project Gutenberg.

Desktop stands for Desktop Search

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 desktop.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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Desktop.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with desktop
Desktop.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Configuration Settings or Desktop Search or 4shared Desktop belongs to software rarte or 4shared Desktop by arte or New IT Solutions (

Description: Desktop.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file desktop.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder (common is C:\WINDOWS\isrvs\). Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 228,692 bytes (50% of all occurrences), 1,573,386 bytes or 46,368 bytes. 
The application is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: User Shell Folders, Run, MACHINE\Run). The file is not a Windows core file. There is no description of the program. Desktop.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 69% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

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External information from Paul Collins:
There are different files with the same name:

Important: Some malware also uses the file name desktop.exe, for example Adware:Win32/Isearch.D or Worm:Win32/Helompy.D (detected by Microsoft), and TROJ_FORUCON.BMC or ADWARE_ISEARCH (detected by TrendMicro). Therefore, you should check the desktop.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If Configuration Settings has changed your browser's search engine and start page, you can recover your browser's default settings as follows:

Reset default browser settings for Internet-Explorer ▾
  1. In Internet Explorer, press the key combination Alt + X to open the Tools menu.
  2. Click Internet options.
  3. Click the Advanced tab.
  4. Click the Reset... button.
  5. Enable the Delete personal settings option.
This will reset your Internet Explorer to its default settings. Your browser will start with the familiar start page and search engine—without popups, ads, cookies, but all browser add-ons are deleted too [1]. Make cleaning up your browser and your computer simpler and safer with Security Task Manager.


User Comments

Created in a hidden folder in c:\windows called isrvs. Autostarts with windows and has delete protection.
To remove the program, first shut it down in task manager an delete it directly with a dos-box (del desktop.exe).
this is a very dangerous file its store the viruses
cannot be deleted and causes alot of crashes
Installed without permission. Can't be deleted. Helper files change to random names if you delete them.
i know that it is the little search bar which appears in the toolbar (right to the left).
  Shaun Horsburgh  
i can't get rid of it!
its bent, i cant open task manager to end the process,and delete the file. So im having to wipe my hard drive! thanks microsoft for making such an unstable system!
It crashes my computer, and slows it down.Plus shuts down my computer when doing an Anti-Spyware scan.
  Jame Bryce  
extremely dangerous! Part of irsvs infection, and mostly an indicator for the bube virus
  wng_z3r0   (further information)
Its fine for my computer
i think its the background and icons
This filename is also used by the open source Virtual Desktop 1.01 and is (potentially) not dangerous.
  Rapture   (further information)
McAfeeSecureIEand PrivateIESpecial
  Dianne   (further information)
As far as I know, it installed with a Virtual Desktop Manager Version 1.03. Although I found no way to actually use the program, as well as no known documention for it.
My computer has always run fine...
Can Be Deleted Through Norton tools. (add remove programs thing)
everytime i start my machine it shuts down
Its dangerous and a hardcore virus, having trouble removing it
part of 4shared; probs at boot; probably different than others described here
  Ben Hoff   (further information)
Was detected and moved to vault by AvastFreeAntiVirus. Removed by Avast
  Oliver   (further information)
I used to be bothered by it since I could not make it work. But, to find out if it is legit, press Alt+1 or Alt+2 or Alt+3 or Alt+4 (for the different desktops). That is how you switch b/w desktops. Oh here comes the boss, Alt+1! Works!! There is an html file in the folder C:\Program Files\Free-soft\, I can't tell you if it is a keyboard logger. But, works as claimed.
I am using desktop.exe (203 kb) to "Show Desktop" and it is a nice program, not a virus :)
is a worm, who is malwarebytes and remove ComboFix, I found the folder win at the root of drive C. It is necessary to check the original location of your installation to confirm that it is configured as a threat or not
  carlos augusto  
Avast recognize them as a A0277723.exe desktop.exe and can remove it from boot time sccaning
i remove it with avira
it is part of Sage Timberline Desktop
  SageDesktop User   (further information)
This has to be a wrapper for virus. Nothing detects it or stops it but any machine that has it will have connection issues.
Sage Desktop (part of Sage Timberline Accounting) is called Desktop.exe
  Rick   (further information)
I can stop desktop.exe in my task manager , it is a dock that Hides itself when I try try to close it without task manager. My antivirus doesnt detect it at all and i cant remove the program , it hasnt done any real damage , but it is really annoying and i cant permanently get it off!

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of desktop.exe: based on 37 votes with 31 user comments. 9 users think desktop.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 6 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 3 users suspect danger. 18 users think desktop.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving desktop issues

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