What is MDLCSvc.exe?

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 MDLCSvc.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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MDLCSvc.exe file information

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

The process known as MDLCService belongs to software Dell Help & Support or My Dell Learning Center by Dell (

Description: MDLCSvc.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. MDLCSvc.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files"—for instance C:\Program Files\Dell\Dell Help & Support\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 40,976 bytes (40% of all occurrences), 22,528 bytes, 88,400 bytes or 36,200 bytes. 
The software can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. The program is not visible. MDLCSvc.exe is not a Windows system file. The file is digitally signed. Therefore the technical security rating is 19% dangerous, but you should also take into account the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you run into problems with MDLCSvc.exe, you can also go to the software publisher,, for advice or uninstall Dell Help & Support or My Dell Learning Center from your computer using the Control Panel applet Uninstall a Program.

Recommended: Identify MDLCSvc.exe related errors

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

I know it's a resource hog! Took up over 50% of my CPU for well over 15 minutes on bootup!

Summary: Average user rating of MDLCSvc.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 MDLCSvc issues

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