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What is dfsvc.exe?

Dfsvc.exe is a executable file (a program) within Windows. The filename extension .exe denotes an executable file. You should only run executable files from publishers you trust, because executable files can potentially change your computer settings or harm your computer. The free file information forum can help you determine if dfsvc.exe is a virus, trojan, spyware, or adware that you can remove, or a file belonging to a Windows system or to an application you can trust.

Dfsvc.exe file information

The process known as dfsvc.exe belongs to software Microsoft .NET Framework (version 4 Client Profile, 4 Client) by Microsoft (www.microsoft.com).

Description: Dfsvc.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. dfsvc.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows. Known file sizes on Windows 7/XP are 5,120 bytes (83% of all occurrences), 4,608 bytes or 11,592 bytes. http://www.file.net/process/dfsvc.exe.html 
The program is not visible. Dfsvc.exe is not a Windows system file. Dfsvc.exe is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. dfsvc.exe seems to be a compressed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 48% dangerous, however also read the users reviews.
If you experience any issues with installation of dfsvc.exe, you may want to look for help from the software company Microsoft, make sure that you have installed the latest version or uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Add/Remove programs ⇒ Microsoft .NET Framework or Microsoft .NET Framework 4 Client Profile.

Recommended: Identify dfsvc.exe related errors

External information from Paul Collins:

  • "Distributed File System" definitely not required. Added by the MYFIP.A or MYFIP.K WORMS!

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as dfsvc.exe, particularly when located in the c:\windows or c:\windows\system32 folder. Therefore, you should check the dfsvc.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

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
  Chris   (further information)
It calls up a warning that MS e-speaking is attempting to load a program
Used by Mioshar
Many games which Download/Patch/Install from their own standalone "Launcher" use this program to communicate with their main server so as to find P2P connections
  Daniel (DemonDan)  
Appeared after downloaded Dell Service Tag Identifier
  Dr Photonic   (further information)
Core .NET 4.0 file
it is the associated process when curse asks me to reinstall after every boot up.

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of dfsvc.exe: based on 15 votes with 11 user comments.
4 users think dfsvc.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 5 users think it's probably harmless. 5 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. 2 users don't grade dfsvc.exe ("not sure about it").

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