Microsoft's OneDrive cloud storage facility provides for the synchonization, backup and sharing of data files, photos and music. You always have at least a few gigabytes at your disposal. In contrast to hard drives and thumb drives, OneDrive allows you access to your data from any Internet-capable device. Additionally, encryption of your data with software such as Boxcryptor is advisable, since Microsoft, as a U.S. firm, is required to allow access to the data to U.S. authorities under the Patriot Act. This also applies to competitors such as Dropbox, Apple's iCloud, and Google Drive. At the beginning of 2014, having lost its litigation with the British Sky Pay-TV service, Microsoft renamed its cloud storage service from SkyDrive to "OneDrive."
Description: OneDrive.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. OneDrive.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder. OneDrive.exe is not a Windows system file, but a part of Windows like WordPad. The OneDrive.exe file is certified by Microsoft. The software starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: Run). The program has no visible window.
Starting with Windows 10, OneDrive is more tightly bound to the operating system. You can still disable startup and synchronization with Microsoft Cloud. It is enough simply to click the OneDrive cloud icon in the taskbar's system tray. Select "Settings"; then disable the "Start OneDrive automatically when I sign in to Windows" option. Tip: if you would prefer to store your data under a different Microsoft account, you should also select "Unlink OneDrive" and then enter your new access data.
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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as OneDrive.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the OneDrive.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.
A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with OneDrive. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic 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 resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, executing the DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.
To help you analyze the OneDrive.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security 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. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.