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What does the dwm.exe file do?

The dwm.exe process is also known as Desktop Window Manager or, as the case may be, Gestionnaire de fenÍtres du Bureau and is a part of Microsoft Windows Operating System or, as the case may be, GSoft. This software is produced by Microsoft (www.microsoft.com). An obsolete or defective version of dwm.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 dwm.exe Desktop Window Manager

dwm.exe is a Windows system file. Dwm.exe is found in the C:\Windows\System32 directory. Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 81,920 bytes (46% of all these files), 92,672 bytes as well as 11 other variants.
The file is part of the Windows operating system found in C:\Windows\. This process does not appear as a visible window, but only in Task Manager. To verify its trustworthiness, Microsoft has provided it with an embedded certificate. The file also can also affect other applications by changing their properties. Such manipulation can cause an application to do things other than what it is intended to do. For this reason, 21% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.

dwm.exe is a system file used by Microsoft Windows, and appears in Windows Task Manager as a process named "Desktop Window Manager." However, some viruses or Trojans use the same file name in order to remain undetected (for example Application.BitCoinMiner.DT (recognized by BitDefender), as well as Artemis!149C713E2F9C (recognized by McAfee)).
To be really safe, you should scan your computer with two different anti-virus engines. You can use a free Anti-Malware scanner for this purpose.

Objectionable files with the same file name have the following characteristics:

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 dwm.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 dwm?

used for aero but takes a hella lot of resources. Vista Beta 2 x64, 64bit PC3200, 2gb of ram, Nvidia &800gt 256mb
Only a Windows Aero process for Windows Vista

Summary: 157 users judge dwm.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. 13 users consider it harmless. However, 7 users consider this to be a suspicious process and would like to get rid of it. For this reason, 36 users have already deleted dwm.exe. source: file.net

How to uninstall the program or GSoft

dwm.exe Desktop Window Manager fix

To remove Desktop Window Manager from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.

  1. Click the Windows Start Button. In Windows 8, look for Control Panel.
  2. Click Control Panel.
  3. Click Uninstall a program.
  4. Look for the program or GSoft in the list of available programs.
  5. Click Uninstall.

How to tell if dwm.exe (Desktop Window Manager) 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 Desktop Window Manager. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for Desktop Window Manager 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 dwm.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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