Most antivirus programs identify dce.exe as malware—for instance Symantec identifies it as PUA.Bitcoinminer, and Kaspersky identifies it as not-a-virus:AdWare.Win32.Boogzo.m.
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Description: Dce.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The dce.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" (for instance C:\Program Files\DCE\).
The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 59,392 bytes.
The process is the DCE service.
There is no information about the author of the file. The program has no visible window. The file is not a Windows system file. Therefore the technical security rating is 46% dangerous.
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Important: You should check the dce.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If DCEService has changed your browser's search engine and start page, you can recover your browser's default settings as follows:Reset default browser settings for Internet-Explorer ▾
The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: ASecurity Task Manager examines the active dce process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known Banti-malware tool tells you if the dce.exe on your computer displays annoying ads, slowing it down. This type of unwanted adware program is not considered by some antivirus software to be a virus and is therefore not marked for cleanup.
A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding PC trouble. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic 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 6resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.