What is ASDR.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 ASDR.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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ASDR.exe file information

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

The process known as ASDR Application belongs to software ASDR Application by ASUSTek COMPUTER INC (

Description: ASDR.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. ASDR.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows or sometimes in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 61,440 bytes. 
There is no description of the program. The program is not visible. The file is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. ASDR.exe is not a Windows system file. Therefore the technical security rating is 62% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: There is a possibility to look for help on the website or completely remove (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

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If ASDR.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows\System32, the security rating is 48% dangerous. The file size is 510,097 bytes. The program has a visible window. There is no file information. The program is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Run). ASDR.exe is not a Windows core file. ASDR.exe is able to manipulate other programs. ASDR.exe appears to be a compressed file.

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

It is ASUS SmartDoctor. It's not bad.
Asus Smart Doctor
asus smart doctor executable
  Mevlut Safi  
Asus Smart Doctor application
  metzuri   (further information)
Hello!!! My Asus Smart Doctor File is called "SmartDoctor.exe" (1'184 ko) and is located in my "C:\Program Files (x86)\ASUS\SmartDoctor\" Directory (on Vista 64 bits) and there is a small icon representing the Smart Doctor Window. I also have a ASDR.exe File (60 ko), but located in my C:\Windows\SysWOW64\ directory!!! That's why I'm not 100% sure if this file has really something to do with Smart Doctor. But I found the following link:
  Al1   (further information)
Monitor temperature on asus nvidia grfx card
  Myrddin   (further information)
Not required but is usually installed along with ASUS branded graphics cards. Comes with handy utils for temperature management and overclocking.
  Alex B   (further information)
Asus Smart Doctor GPU Tweak
It's from Asus Smartdoctor, nothing to warry about!

  W W SDCA   (further information)

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of ASDR.exe: based on 14 votes with 10 user comments. 5 users think ASDR.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. 6 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. 2 users don't grade ASDR.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving ASDR issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with ASDR. 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 repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, 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 ASDR.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.

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