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 alcwzrd.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.
Description: Alcwzrd.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Alcwzrd.exe is located in the C:\Windows folder.
Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/XP are 2,805,248 bytes (16% of all occurrences), 2,550,272 bytes and 26 more variants.
It is not a Windows core file. The program starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The program is not visible. Alcwzrd.exe is a trustworthy file from Microsoft. Alcwzrd.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 31% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.
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If alcwzrd.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder, the security rating is 80% dangerous. The file size is 103,046 bytes. The program has no file description. The alcwzrd.exe file is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The program has no visible window. The software starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The file is not a Windows system file. Alcwzrd.exe is able to monitor applications.
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Important: Some malware disguises itself as alcwzrd.exe, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows folder. Therefore, you should check the alcwzrd.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 alcwzrd. 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 alcwzrd.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.