What is DelayLoad.exe?

The genuine DelayLoad.exe file is a software component of Advanced SystemCare by IObit.
A part of the Advanced SystemCare suite, DelayLoad is a small program that opens up a series of scheduled programs that are delayed for various reasons. In versions 7 and prior, this had a tendency to take up a large amount of system resources, but has been resolved in version 8. Advanced SystemCare is a group of programs that assist you in monitoring and correcting issues with your PC, including efficiency improvements and registry cleanup. IObit is an optimization and security software firm founded in 2004.

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 DelayLoad.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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DelayLoad.exe file information

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

The process known as Advanced SystemCare (version 7 DelayLoad, 5 DelayLoad, 6 DelayLoad) belongs to software Advanced SystemCare (version 7, 5, 6) by IObit (

Description: DelayLoad.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. DelayLoad.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files (x86)"—usually C:\Program Files (x86)\IObit\Advanced SystemCare 7\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 468,768 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 471,040 bytes, 469,280 bytes, 57,728 bytes or 368,472 bytes. 
The DelayLoad.exe file is not a Windows core file. The DelayLoad.exe file is a Verisign signed file. The file has a digital signature. The program has no visible window. DelayLoad.exe is able to monitor applications and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 23% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: The software vendor offers the option to ask the developer,, for support, update the program or remove the entire program Advanced SystemCare 7 or Advanced SystemCare 6 using Windows Control Panel.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as DelayLoad.exe. Therefore, you should check the DelayLoad.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

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Summary: Average user rating of DelayLoad.exe: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving DelayLoad issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with DelayLoad. 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.

To help you analyze the DelayLoad.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity 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. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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