Help! What is Digital Line Detect DLD exe?

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Drawing question markIs Digital Line Detect (DLG.Exe) a necessary Windows process? No, in fact, it’s made by the same company (BVRP) responsible for known spyware applications.  In this case, the Digital Line Detect process is part of the Phone Tools Software Suite – offering emailing, faxing, and phone book utilities.  If you don’t recognize this you’re probably not using it – and it’s safe to say you can remove it via Add/ Remove Programs without running into problems.  In fact, it’s probably not a bad idea, especially if the program has access to the Internet.

Does my PC Have DLG.exe?

Digital Line Detect is typically pre-installed on Dell computers, and PC’s that come with Conexant or Broadcom modem drivers. If you have a Dell PC or laptop, chances are you’ve got Digital Line Detect (you can find out by hitting Ctrl+Alt+Del on your keyboard, click on the “processes” tab, and seeing if you see DLG.exe running).

What Does Digital Line Detect do?

DLG is used to detect when your PC is connected to a digital telephone line. It also auto starts on PC’s that have it installed, so the only way to get rid of it is to uninstall it. Chances are, you don’t have your digital phone line connected to your PC.

Should I Remove Digital Line Detect?

DLG.exe, or Digital Line Detect, is safe to remove. In fact, it’s a good idea since we’ve received reports of the process being not only unstable, but older versions of it may be infected with spyware. Given that it hardly serves a purpose anymore in the era of broadband Internet connections, you most likely won’t miss it.

How to Uninstall Digital Line Detect?

To uninstall DLG, you’ll need to:

  • Type Ctrl+Alt+Del keys, then locate DLG.exe under the “processes” tab, right-click it, and kill/ abort it.
  • Browse to your Start Menu > Run > type in “msconfig.exe”, locate DLG.exe in the “startup” list, and remove it.
  • Do a file search on your harddrive and remove any instances of the filename “DLG.exe”
  • Finally, if you have any modem or phone software or drivers (such as BVRP), open them, and disable the “DLG.exe” as an autostart option. If you’re not using the software, uninstalling it will do the trick as well.

If you’re still having troubles, consider trying the Secure Uninstaller described below, or comment after this article with details and we’ll try and help you troubleshoot.

Tired of Unwanted Software?

Want to get rid of unnecessary software such as Digital Line Detect for good? First, find the unwanted applications by pressing the Ctrl + Alt + Del keys simultaneously on your keyboard (Windows O/S). This will bring up your “Task Manager.” From here, click on the “Processes” tab and see if you see any running processes you don’t recognize. The “Description” column will list the application name of the process. If you do, do a search on them to find out if they’re legitimate and necessary.

If it turns out they’re not, simply remove them according to the instructions above, substituting in the process you’re running in lieu of Digital Line Detect.

Keep Your PC Clean

Did you know that when you install an application, numerous files and entries are created and distributed all over your PC? The Digital Line Detect that shipped with your laptop is not the only software that came pre-installed. Before you know it, your computer is one massively heavy, bloated system filled with completely unnecessary – and potentially unsafe – files.

So the next time you think it’s OK to allow unused programs to use your computer as their ‘permanent home’… consider the following problems.

  • Your PC will slow down.
  • Because unneeded software is occupying valuable disk space.
  • Your PC will be prone to errors.
  • When you install a program, numerous entries are created all over the Windows® registry. If any of these entries get damaged or corrupted, other applications will be harmed and PC error messages will pop up all over the place.
  • You will not be able to upgrade software easily.
  • When you update to a new version of a program, it first tries to uninstall the version currently installed on your PC. If this un-installation is unsuccessful, you will not be able to upgrade to newer versions of that product.
  • Your PC is being drained of important resources.
  • Even though you may not think you are using certain programs, they may be working in the background and hogging important system resources such as memory resources, network resources, and others.
  • Your system will be open to security threats. Some applications – especially the ones that are hard to uninstall! – embed malicious codes that serve to open your system to hack attacks. Others put codes that tend to spy on what you’re doing, making you vulnerable to identity theft.

To prevent all the above problems, you should be sure to clean your PC and get rid of every piece of software that you do not use. Uninstall unused, damaged or unwanted programs on a regular basis.

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Very practical, good, easy to understand advice without pushing me to download (and pay for) a program. I’ve bookmarked the site.

Hi. If I remove the Digital Line Detect from my computer, will it have any affect on me using my Magic Jack?

Hi there,

When you’re referring to Magic Jack, are you referring to the USB PC to phone connector that allows you to make calls through your phone (via your Internet connection) using the Magic Jack service?

Dell showed I needed urgent update for my modem. When downloaded it was BVRP digital line detect. I use a DSL home line only. Why was this an urgent update and should I keep it? Ey

This software works with the Modem in your Dell to detect if it’s attached to a *digital* phone line. You may have such a line in your office or hotel, where it would be connecting to a PBX. Typically, you will have an analog PSTN line at home (in North America), although some countries have moved to digital lines (e.g. Japan).

If you NEVER need to worry about connecting to a digital PBX, go ahead and delete this software.

TO AFAR: NO its not windows fault, again, its the DELL!!!. They can be a great company or a pain in the ass if you need a lan card, blah blah and some ISP companies wont even assist you, if you do have the ole Dell. This application is good and bad. If you will be using your smart phone connecting at times to the internet, I would leave it. I find it is much easier to delete then reinstall and often you are not able to do so. You do need to keep an eye on it, but I seriously doubt that SPYWARE can do a damn thing.

I have a Dell too, just noticed it and that is why I am on this forum. Thank God for forums. I try to learn things on my own because every time I get a tech I trust, well, things are often worse after they leave. When in doubt, go to the forums, when in doubt, leave it, monitor it. If you start noticing odd behavior, chances are someone is peeping and delete the damn thing, call you cell phone company and ISP carrier and get some help from them too. Not too much is safe anymore, and if someone can get info off your computer from having your cell number, uhh, that’s not good. Scary world.

Why all the comments blaming Windows for this? It’s Dell that seems to be responsible for most of your installations…you do know that Dell is just a company that sells computers loaded with Windows and that they add whatever programs they want?


I’ve got Digital Line Detect as well on my Dell. Why is it considered spyware? Are there any advantages to having it? And why does Dell install it to begin with?


If you don’t recognize this you’re probably not using it – and it’s safe to say you can remove it via Add/ Remove Programs without running into problems. In fact, it’s probably not a bad idea, especially if the program has access to the Internet.

It does come pre-installed on Dells. I have to get rid of it every time I reformat. 🙁 Blasted Windows!

Ya it came pre-installed on my Dell Inspiron 1501.

Yep, the DLG.exe (digital line detect) process is on my Dell…I don’t think I had it before, but when I reformatted it showed up. =|

I really get fed up with all the Windows processes I can’t make sense of. Thanks for helping me out on this one.

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No problem – what are your questions?

Tead your advice and would like to get rid of DLD. However, I have my phone used as a hookup for wireless on a need-as basis.

Would this effect that process? FYI it has been on my computer for a while as a startup process and I have a year old very “tech capable” laptop (Lenovo/IBM). I can’t recall if this has been a program since I owned this computer or my cell phone’s software installation.

Can you help as I am afraid of removing it due to the difficulty of re-setup of wireless/DSL via phone. I use this whenever I am not home based & it is a really needed process. Thank you so much. Wanda

Hi Wanda,

If you’re worried about it affecting your computer’s wireless functionality I would leave it as is, unless it’s causing problems. Just make sure you have anti-spyware and anti-virus installed that can detect any malicious processes.

Digital Line Detect was pre-installed on my Dell Inspiron 1300 as well.