What is fdm.exe?

The genuine fdm.exe file is a software component of Free Download Manager by FreeDownloadManager.ORG.
Free Download Manager is a freeware download accelerator and manager for the Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X platforms. Fdm.exe runs the Free Download Manager application. This is not an essential Windows process and can be disabled if known to create problems. Free Download Manager is a utility tool that provides download acceleration and organization. The program features support for HTTP/HTTPS/FTP/BitTorrent protocols, proxies, and enables configuration of traffic usage, priorities for torrents, and allows broken downloads to be resumed. Free Download Manager claims to be albe to boost download speeds by up to 1000%. Free Download Manager.ORG is an Internet company that is the sole developer of Free Download Manager. The company was founded in 2004.

FDM stands for Free Download Manager

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 fdm.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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Fdm.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with fdm
Fdm.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Free Download Manager (version 2.0) or ViddyHD belongs to software Free Download Manager (version 2.5) or ViddyHD by FreeDownloadManager.ORG ( or ( or VicMan Software ( or ViddyHD.COM.

Description: Fdm.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The fdm.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 3,399,727 bytes (12% of all occurrences), 2,474,031 bytes and 28 more variants. 
It is not a Windows core file. The software is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: Run, DEFAULT\Run). Fdm.exe is able to monitor applications, manipulate other programs and record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 41% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You have the option to do the following:
  1) uninstall Free Download Manager or Free Download Manager 2.5 from your computer using the Control Panel applet Uninstall a Program
  2) contact Customer Service
  3) search for an update on the vendor’s website.

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

Free Download Manager (FDM) is a full-featured download accelerator and manager. It is absolutely free! Using this software product you can easily download a list of files and whole web sites from any remote server via HTTP, HTTPS and FTP. With FDM the downloading process will be as easy as never before!
  Carloss XL   (further information)
it is a normal download manager, which only helps you downloading more than one files, since you can schedule the downloads, or simply having them download in a certain order. in short, no danger, whatsoever...
Free Download Manager, Freeware Programm
  Jens   (further information)
Free Download Manager
I did not find fdm in Control Panel. in addition it is not work. By the way my Win. is Vista.
Belongs to Free Download Manager, not a risk and is quite a useful little program. Will assist you with downloads in both obtaining maximum speeds and scheduling. Also adds the ability to handle .torrent files.
  PvtStash   (further information)
free download manager keep an eye on port 1500 check firewall logs !!
  frank stahl  
i know it is trying to send info or contact ip address which is registered in Moldova, a country in eastern Europe.
  A worried User  
Free Download Manager
  Christopher Aicher  
free download manager/fdm.exe.R6002
it's a very useful program when used properly and has its faults like any other program, but its very good because it will speed up your downloads and allow you to download multiple files at once. there are many things you can do with it, just look at the website.
  Tim Leon   (further information)
It is trying to connect to port 8888 on Host which is located in china. There is no information why. Lost my trust.
I have not seen any other anti-spyware, anti-malware, anti-virus detect it, but all files were classified as malware by SpyHunter so I removed it. There has been some claims on the net about the possibility of being a malware.

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of fdm.exe: based on 15 votes with 13 user comments. 6 users think fdm.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 3 users think it's probably harmless. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 4 users suspect danger. 2 users don't grade fdm.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving fdm issues

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