What does the dfsvc.exe file do?
The dfsvc.exe process is also known as ClickOnce and is a part of Microsoft .NET Framework (Version 4 Client Profile). This software is produced by Microsoft (www.microsoft.com). An obsolete or defective version of dfsvc.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- ClickOnce has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- ClickOnce has stopped working. A problem caused the program to stop working correctly. Windows will close the program and notify you if a solution is available. (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- dfsvc.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close.
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module dfsvc.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about dfsvc.exe ClickOnce
dfsvc.exe is not a Windows system file and is known to frequently cause computer problems. Dfsvc.exe is found in a subdirectory of C:\Windows.
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 5,120 bytes (37% of all these files), 23,192 bytes as well as 6 other variants.
This particular software does not appear as a visible window, but only in Task Manager. The file is no part of Microsoft Windows. The original file has a digital certificate (see its file properties). dfsvc.exe appears to be a file that was compressed by an EXE-Packer. This technique is often used by trojans to keep the file size small and also hamper debugging efforts. However, this in itself is not sufficient reason to presume malicious intent, since even well-intentioned, professional software producers take advantage of compressed files. For this reason, 20% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.
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 dfsvc.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 dfsvc?
|Used by "ClickOnce" .NET applications during the download and install of the application |
|Paul is incorrect. This is a .NET Framework file and while MYFIP.A or MYFIP.K infect/replace this file, they are part of the actual .NET framework. |
|I downloaded 2 items from Del (one concerned Smart card ) & were listed as urgent. Then dfsvc appeared . |
|Used by "ClickOnce" .NET applications during the download and install of the application. Also used by Google applications during the download and install of the application. This is a legimite .NET file. |
|TS3 Admin Tool |
Summary: 2 users judge dfsvc.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. 5 users consider it harmless. However, one user considers this to be a suspicious process and would like to get rid of it. source: file.net
How to uninstall Microsoft .NET Framework
To remove ClickOnce from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.
- Click the Windows Start Button. You find it in the lower left corner of the taskbar.
- Type the word uninstall.
- Click Add or remove programs.
- Now locate Microsoft .NET Framework in the list of displayed applications.
- Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
How to tell if dfsvc.exe (ClickOnce) 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 ClickOnce. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for ClickOnce 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 dfsvc.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.