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What is DkService.exe?

The genuine DkService.exe file is a software component of Diskeeper Disk Defragmenter by Diskeeper Corporation | Condusiv Technologies. Formerly released by Diskeeper Corporation, the Diskeeper Service is now produced by Condusiv Technologies. It is a disk defragmenter with several additional features than the defragment application offered by Windows. Diskeeper processes written data differently than Windows Defrag, and defragments empty drive space. Introduced more than ten years ago, the most recent stable edition was released in 2012.

DkService stands for Diskeeper Service

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the DkService.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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DkService.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with DkService
DkService.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Diskeeper Service or Diskeeper Disk Optimization Service belongs to software Diskeeperâ„¢ Disk Defragmenter or Diskeeper Professional Premier Edition by Diskeeper (www.diskeeper.com) or Executive Software International (www.executive.com) or Condusiv Technologies.

Description: DkService.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file DkService.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of C:\ (e.g. C:\Program Files\Executive Software\Diskeeper\). Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/XP are 765,952 bytes (19% of all occurrences), 942,080 bytes and 48 more variants. http://www.file.net/process/dkservice.exe.html 
The program is not visible. DkService.exe is not a Windows system file. The program can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. The application uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. DkService.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 39% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.
If there are any problems with DkService.exe, you can also ask for help from Support, find out if there is a newer version available or uninstall the software Diskeeper Home Edition using the "Add or Remove Programs" function of Windows Control Panel (Windows: Start, Settings, Control Panel, Add or Remove Programs).

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as DkService.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the DkService.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.

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User Comments

Harmless file required for Diskeeper defrag product. Some problems with various versions of older products hogging system resources. Newest product (Condusiv Technologies Diskeeper 12) works well with lots of configuration and scheduling options. Benefits SSD as well as spinning HD.
  Energy Guy   (further information)
It's an essential part of Diskeeper and it is in your PC's interests to allow Diskeeper to run in the way it was designed to. Yes, it uses resources in the short term but it will free resources in the long term. Denying it port access will achieve nothing, almost certainly you have other software running that also keep a port open.
  Jeremy  
**IMPORTANT** Diskeeper definitely listens on TCP port 31038 on ALL interfaces, not just loopback, meaning it is possible for anybody with access to your network to make a connection to your pc without your knowledge. This port is open at ALL times, no matter what settings are used. There is at least one known exploit that can be easily used to access protected data this way. It is unlikely that DK is abusing it, but there is NO LEGITIMATE reason for this software to exhibit that behavior. It is the result of poor programming at best. If you still use it, be sure you're behind a good firewall.
  Tim   (further information)
By DK's own admission this program phones home using port 31038 which it holds OPEN all the time to "LISTEN". It also addresses external communications (such as checking for product updates or transmitting report data to a Diskeeper Administrator console. I don't want this thing transmitting ANYTHING to an "Administrator". Oddly enough DK has a patch for this thing allegedly to alleviate the security hole it creates. Trust it if you want to but it's not for me. I don't care what Google says.
  Snapper Henry   (further information)
A Windows Service responsible for managing schedules and product communications.
  Hugo   (further information)
CPU Hog.
  David   (further information)
It can potentially cause blue screens sometimes.
  PS  
DKSERVICE.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience.
   
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of DkService.exe: based on 57 votes with 9 reviews. 44 users think DkService.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 4 users think it's probably harmless. 3 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users suspect danger. 4 users think DkService.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 3 users don't grade DkService.exe ("not sure about it").


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Best practices for resolving DkService issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with DkService. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, executing the DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the DkService.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.



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