What is HydraDM.exe?

The genuine HydraDM.exe file is a software component of AMD HydraVision Desktop Manager by AMD.
AMD HydraVision Desktop Manager is a Multi-monitor Management Software. HydraDM.exe launches the HydraVision Desktop Manager program. This is not an essential Windows process and can be disabled if known to create problems. The AMD HydraVision Desktop Manager lets users increase their desktop work space by using up to two monitors, and create multiple layers of desktop workspace with AMD Multi-Desk. The program also offers additional features such as independent settings for each screen, virtual monitors, and more. Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) is an American corporation that develops solutions in semiconductor technology and its applications in computer processors, motherboards, graphics processors and embedded systems for business and consumer markets. The company was founded in 1969 by Jerry Sanders and is currently based in Sunnyvale, California, United States.

HydraDM stands for AMD HydraVision Desktop 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 HydraDM.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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HydraDM.exe file information

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

The process known as HydraDM or HydraVision belongs to software AMD HydraVision Desktop Manager or ATI Technologies Inc. HydraVision Desktop Manager by AMD ( or ATI Technologies (

Description: HydraDM.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. HydraDM.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of the user's profile folder—mostly C:\Program Files\ATI Technologies\ATI HydraVision\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 393,216 bytes (43% of all occurrences), 389,120 bytes and 10 more variants. 
The file is not a Windows system file. The program has no visible window. The software is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: Run, MACHINE\Run, DEFAULT\Run). It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. HydraDM.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 61% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In case you experience problems using HydraDM.exe, you may also do the following:

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as HydraDM.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder, for example Virus.Win32.Sality.gen (detected by Kaspersky), and W32.Sality.AE (detected by Symantec). Therefore, you should check the HydraDM.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

uses all cpu of my desktop.. make my lag and crap
AMD Drivers 14.1 beta
  Kenou Zenshou   (further information)
HYDRAVISION™ Multi-monitor Management Software enables you to tailor your desktop to the way you work, so you can manage increased amounts of information and improve your productivity. Your productivity is increased thanks to two aspects HYDRAVISION™: Breadth - increase your desktop work space by using up to two monitors. Depth - create multiple layers of desktop workspace with Multi-Desk. Flexible and easy to use HYDRAVISION™ gives you the power to: Manage independent monitor display features Determine the behavior of pop-up windows and dialog boxes in different applications Switch between desktop with a mouse click or "Hot Key" Vary your settings from one application to the next Customize the features of HYDRAVISION™ to an application.​ Increase your productivity ATI wanted to increase your productivity even more, so we have introduced more cool features in version 3 of HYDRAVISION™: Transparent windows and menus "Always-on-Top" Multi-Desk properties Cycle through desktops view Move To Monitor Internet Explorer extension. HYDRAVISION Basic Edition ATI is introducing a new easy-to-use and intuitive version of HYDRAVISION™. Using a redesigned user interface, HYDRAVISION Basic Edition will provide users with the essential features required to configure and easily use a multiple display setup.
  Antanas   (further information)
Mouse wasn't responding 100% correctly in Windows 8.1, e.g. when dragging windows around, it behaved as if the mouse button was not pressed all the time. All fine after I disabled this. Not the 1st time I've had problems with AMD software.
  Paul Roberts  
Makes my mouse lag, along with HydraDM64
Sets a global mousehook which can cause problems if you are developing an atl activex control.
  John Price  
Hydravision Desktop Manager. Completely safe, if you think otherwise then you are highly uneducated.
  e   (further information)
You can disable it from the Catalyst Control Center (new tab named "Hydravision"). Disabling will close the .EXE files automatically.
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of HydraDM.exe: based on 46 votes with 9 reviews. 32 users think HydraDM.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. 8 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users suspect danger. 2 users think HydraDM.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving HydraDM issues

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