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Is DkService.exe safe?

DkService.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 DkService.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.

DkService.exe file information

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 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 a LAN or the Internet. DkService.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 39% dangerous, however also read the users 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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If DkService.exe is located in a subfolder of the "My Files" folder, the security rating is 44% dangerous. The file size is 765,952 bytes (50% of all occurrences) or 606,316 bytes. The program can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. The program has no visible window. The process uses ports to connect to a LAN or the Internet. The file is not a Windows system file. DkService.exe is able to monitor applications.

If DkService.exe is located in C:\, the security rating is 51% dangerous. The file size is 602,220 bytes (50% of all occurrences) or 606,316 bytes. The program has no visible window. The program uses ports to connect to a LAN or the Internet. It is not a Windows system file. DkService.exe is able to monitor applications.

External information from Paul Collins:

  • "DkService" must run at start up. From Executive Software's Diskeeper defragmenting utility - a replacement for Windows Disk Defragmenter. It's recommended to leave this enabled, otherwise you could have problems starting it manually.

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.


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.
**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.
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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