What is manager.exe?

The genuine manager.exe file is a software component of Akamai Download Manager by Akamai Technologies.
Manager.exe is an executable file that belongs to the Akamai Download Manager, a software program that lets users acquire software and media downloads through the Akamai platform. This is not a critical Windows component and should be removed if known to cause problems. The Akamai Download Manager features accelerated download speeds of up to 10x, download pausing and resuming, a 5%-20% increase in download completion rates, and minimal impact on the client CPU, disk, and RAM resources. The program works with the Akamai NetSession Interface client software. Akamai Technologies, Inc. is an American company that develops solutions in cloud services. The company offers its services to clients and companies looking for faster websites by distributing content from locations close to the user. Akamai Technologies currently owns numerous servers around the world and rents capacity on these servers to customers. Akamai was founded in 1998 and is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.

Manager stands for Akamai Download Manager

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 manager.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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Manager.exe file information

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

The process known as Manager Desktop Engine or bL94zEgHGtVWXIr0jzBC3iFXcLUZW1a3 belongs to software Microsoft Windows Operating System or gnkOAUnXjyTtuJYdFuem by Microsoft (

Description: Manager.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file manager.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files (x86)" (typically C:\Program Files (x86)\Manager\ or C:\Program Files\Windows Portable Devices\). Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 163,536 bytes (22% of all occurrences), 169,192 bytes and 9 more variants. 
There is no description of the program. It is not a Windows system file. The program has no visible window. The file has a digital signature. Manager.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 48% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: It is possible to uninstall Manager or Svc.exe software via Windows Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 10/8/7) or go to the support area of the List website.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as manager.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder, for example Trojan:Win32/VB.AHC or Backdoor:Win32/VB.C (detected by Microsoft), and TROJ_GEN.USF02MO or BKDR_SMALL.BWM (detected by TrendMicro). Therefore, you should check the manager.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

Verwaltung für einen O2-USB-Stick...
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  Andres Sepa   (further information)
It belongs to legitimate program called Visual CertExam Suite, it is completely safe. Manager.exe is started from C:\Program Files\Visual CertExam\
  Dude   (further information)
*can* (note the stars) be used WindowsPager, a free Tool to simulate multiple Desktops. Just check File Location
C:\Program Files (x86)\HideIPVPN\manager.exe
It will not allow me to shut down my computer & I do not even know it got on here...trying to get rid of it
  Karen Sibley  
Manager.exe ist Software für den USB-Surf-Stick von Fa. klarmobil. für Windows nicht notwendig, aber für den Betrieb des USB-Surf-Sticks.
  Guy Mcfly  

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of manager.exe: based on 8 votes with 8 user comments. 4 users think manager.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users think manager.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving manager issues

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