What is nvdisplay.container.exe? Should I remove it?

NVDisplay.container.exe is the filename that indicates an executable file which is responsible for launching processes and tasks for NVIDIA

NVDisplay.container.exe is the process that runs NVIDIA Container processes on your PC but can also be related to trojans due to misuse of the common name. This is not an essential Windows operating system file, but it belongs to NVIDIA software package that has many processes which tend to run on the background.[1] NVDisplay.container.exe is automatically set to run on the device all the time, but people tend to report about two different files with different purposes.[2] This duplicate file can be related to malware, so check the system with anti-malware tools if the process appears using high CPU or other resources on the computer.

Name nvdisplay.container.exe
Type Application file
Associated NVIDIA Container
Functionality Responsible for running NVIDIA processes and tasks
Related processes xinside.exe; twcu.exe; service_kms.exe; hxtsr.exe; liveupdate.exe; mysqld.exe; zip.dll; ravbg64.exe
Dangerous or safe? It belongs to a software package but often appears as two separate processes in Task Manager. Can relate trojans or malware. Diagnosis required
Elimination Use anti-malware tool to check the purpose of NVDisplay.container.exe

Since nvdisplay.container.exe relates to NVIDIA services, users tend to find other processes running in the background of the device. The particular executable relates NVIDIA Display Container LS, NVIDIA LocalSystem Container, NVIDIA Network Service Container, NVIDIA Telemetry Container services. 

NVDisplay.container.exe handles tasks related to the display and is responsible for showing the icon in the notification area. When you end the legitimate service file, this icon no longer gets displayed. But other functions like GeForce Experience runs normally.

Also, NVDisplay.container.exe is associated with NVIDIA Telemetry Container service that gathers data about your system and sends it to the NVIDIA database. This data shouldn't include any personally identifiable information[3] and focus on:

  • GPU specifications;
  • display details;
  • driver settings;
  • setting for specific games;
  • available RAM details;
  • information about the hardware of your device.

Unfortunately, nvdisplay.container.exe is a common type of file which can be found running on the system continuously, and this fact makes it more usable for malware distribution. If you find a duplicate of this file that uses almost 100% of CPU or other resources, be aware that it might be a trojan or different malware running on the machine. 

The nvdisplay.container.exe virus can be set to run in the background and mine cryptocurrency while using the resources of the affected machine or even open backdoors for different types of intruders. A trojan that mines cryptocurrency, for example, can be associated with this file.

If so, you need a proper nvdisplay.container.exe removal that allows detecting all possible threats and terminating them as soon as possible. For the process, you should employ the anti-malware program and run a full system scan. We recommend FortectIntego for cleaning the system. 

You can remove NVDisplay.container.exe when it causes issues with your device and is detected malicious by the AV engine. Remember that this file can be masking other cyber threats, so the system scan is required to indicate the main purpose. But you can safely remove the program by uninstalling it through NVIDIA control panel on your computer.

Executable files as other common formats of data come via infected spam emails

Spam email campaigns get used to distribute various scams, malware or infections, including ransomware or trojans that hide on files with ZIP, EXE, or DOC on their names. This is a standard method used by malicious actors who want to infect a large number of devices. 

Once the file lands on the targeted device, it starts to run its malicious script that may include delivering ransomware threat, open backdoors for trojans or run additional processes and gather information. Unfortunately, you notice the file on task Manager when it's already running.

You can avoid these malicious infiltrations if you pay attention to emails you get without expecting them to come. Subject lines with suspicious notifications (financial information, receipts, order details) or unfamiliar senders should be the first red flag that indicates malicious purposes.

Delete questionable emails, never open them without knowledge. When you open the email, make sure to check the file before downloading on the system. Experts[4] recommend scanning all attachments before downloading. 

Get rid of the NVDisplay.container.exe and clean the system for possible threats with a professional antivirus tool

To remove NVDisplay.container.exe without causing any damage to your device, you should use a professional antivirus program and scan the device. This is a great way to see what corrupted files or malicious programs cause issues on the machine.

When the program or file gets indicated during this system scan, and it relates to the executable, you can perform an automatic nvdisplay.container.exe removal. Tools like FortectIntego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner, or Malwarebytes can also improve the performance of your device because useless programs get deleted and various errors fixed.

Remember that NVDisplay.container.exe is related to NVIDIA Drivers and you can fix errors related to this software by uninstalling corrupted files on NVIDIA Display Control Panel. 

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