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What does the desktop.exe file do?

The desktop.exe process is also known as Configuration Settings or, as the case may be, 4shared Desktop and is a part of rarte or, as the case may be, 4shared Desktop. This software is produced by arte or, as the case may be, New IT Solutions (www.4shared.com). An obsolete or defective version of desktop.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:

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What you should know about desktop.exe Configuration Settings

desktop.exe is not a Windows system file and is known to frequently cause computer problems. The file desktop.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Users\USERNAME". Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 228,692 bytes (66% of all these files) or, as the case may be, 1,573,386 bytes.
This file contains no information about the producer or the version. This desktop program is initiated as part of Windows start-up (Registry: User Shell Folders, Run). It is no part of Microsoft Windows. Desktop.exe is capable of interpret keystrokes as well as monitor other applications. For this reason, 72% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.

A desktop.exe file has a 16% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files". In this case, the file size is usually 4,613,624 bytes. This process is recognizable as a window and also on the taskbar. The producer of the file is registered with a certificate authority. This confirms the genuineness of the file. Windows starts the process each time that the computer boots up (Registry: User Shell Folders, Run). The file was developed by a so-called third party provider - and not by Microsoft. Desktop.exe is capable of transmit information from computer to the Internet as well as log keyboard entries.

If you see this file on your hard drive or in Windows Task Manager, please make sure that it is not a malicious variant. It's a fact that many trojans try to cloak their true identity by calling themselves desktop.exe. With the above information or by using tools like Security Task Manager you can determine if, in your case, the file is an undesirable variant.

What do other computer users say about desktop?

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.

Summary: 7 users judge desktop.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. One user considers it harmless. However, 2 users consider this to be a suspicious process and would like to get rid of it. For this reason, 17 users have already deleted desktop.exe. source: file.net

How to uninstall rarte or 4shared Desktop

To remove Configuration Settings from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.

  1. Click the Windows Start Button. You find it in the lower left corner of the taskbar.
  2. Type the word uninstall.
  3. Click Add or remove programs.
  4. Now locate rarte or 4shared Desktop in the list of displayed applications.
  5. Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
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How to tell if desktop.exe (Configuration Settings) was uninstalled cleanly

After uninstalling, restart your computer. Then start Windows Explorer and see if there is still a folder with the name of the software under C:\Program Files. Be sure to check the Registry as well for remnants of Configuration Settings. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for Configuration Settings or the name of the producer. Always keep in mind that only a computer professional should ever directly delete entries in the Windows Registry.

What to do if a program does not uninstall

The easiest way to remove any kind of software cleanly and accurately is to use an uninstaller tool. Because the uninstaller automatically creates a backup, there is no risk of anything going wrong.

Last but not least

If Windows not working quite right for you, or if startup is taking a long time, or desktop.exe is causing problems for you, a good Windows diagnostic tool may very well help. This is especially effective when it comes to older computers that have accumulated vast quantities of "garbage data" as the result of many software installs and uninstalls.

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