What does the HydraDM.exe file do?
The HydraDM.exe process is also known as HydraDM or, as the case may be, HydraVision and is a part of AMD HydraVision Desktop Manager or, as the case may be, ATI Technologies Inc. HydraVision Desktop Manager. This software is produced by AMD (www.amd.com) or, as the case may be, ATI Technologies (www.ati.com). An obsolete or defective version of HydraDM.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- HydraDM has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- HydraDM 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)
- HydraDM.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module HydraDM.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about HydraDM.exe HydraDM
HydraDM.exe is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. HydraDM.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subdirectory of "C:\Users\USERNAME" - e.g. C:\Program Files\ATI Technologies\ATI HydraVision\.
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 393,216 bytes (44% of all these files), 389,120 bytes as well as 8 other variants.
The HydraDM file is not part of the Windows operating system. This HydraDM program does not have a visible window, and does not appear on the taskbar. 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. When Windows starts, this process is automatically started at the same time (Registry: Run, MACHINE\Run, DEFAULT\Run). To remove the file and its related software from your computer, click Programs in Control Panel HydraDM.exe is capable of log keyboard entries as well as track other applications. For this reason, 62% 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 HydraDM.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 HydraDM?
|Allows for multiple monitor usage with Radeon Vid Cards. (further information...) |
|Allows you to manage multiple virtual desktops |
|ATI's Hydra Vision allow you to use multiple monitors (further information...) |
|Great features but constantly crashes |
|Comes with ATI drivers. Should allow you to use multiple monitors with ATI type video cards. |
Summary: 30 users judge HydraDM.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. 2 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 AMD HydraVision Desktop Manager or ATI Technologies Inc. HydraVision Desktop Manager
To remove HydraDM from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.
- Click the Windows Start Button. In Windows 8, look for Control Panel.
- Click Control Panel.
- Click Uninstall a program.
- Look for AMD HydraVision Desktop Manager or ATI Technologies Inc. HydraVision Desktop Manager in the list of available programs.
- Click Uninstall.
How to tell if HydraDM.exe (HydraDM) 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 HydraDM. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for HydraDM 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 HydraDM.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.