What is AWC.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 AWC.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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AWC.exe file information

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

The process known as Advanced SystemCare (version 3, 3 Beta) or Automatic Wallpaper Changer belongs to software Advanced SystemCare (version 3, 3 RC2) or Automatic Wallpaper Changer by IObit ( or Steve Murphy.

Description: AWC.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. AWC.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 2,329,224 bytes (19% of all occurrences), 2,272,592 bytes and 21 more variants. 
AWC.exe is not a Windows core file. It is certified by a trustworthy company. AWC.exe is a Verisign signed file. AWC.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs, connect to the Internet and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 20% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you have any problems with AWC.exe, you can also visit the website, update the program to the latest version or uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a ProgramAdvanced SystemCare 3 or Advanced WindowsCare.

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

I have a lot of problems sinds I installed this file
If you have Advanced Sistem Care installed than its not dangerous.
AWC is a desktop background manager. It runs at fairly low priority and has a timer that can be set to change your background at some interval.
Advanced System Care, basically checks your system for errors/trojans etc. Not harmful
the awc.exe application is from Adavanced System
sts desktop tool
AWC is necessary for running Advanced System Care, one of the most efficient and complete maint. progs. you can have. I run it every day; like taking vitamins. It can really make things cleaner and faster. Leave it alone or uninstall the core program.
  Dr. Jose   (further information)
I have had 3 run-ins with IObit software, the makers of AWC.exe, and suspect it for a fourth problem of mine. After a few weeks of installing IObit software, I find all sorts of problems!!! Viruses bad!!!
  Devin Rhode  
It hogs 60MB memory, and hogs heavy CPU time when running.
  Mike Sleight  
it uses too many memory resources to constantly run in background
I would not live without Advanced System Care on my computer it has saved me more than once.
  Tommy Gunn  
AWC is high on CPU and MEMORY useage. Bogs my computer down. Will delete it
  Mike Sleight  
also Adolix Wallpaper Changer
  Tinchen   (further information)
it slowed my computer down really bad and took up alot of memory and now i cant delete/remove the program at all, never installin or gettin again
also Adolix Wallpaper Changer
  Tinchen   (further information)
Now that I know it's Advanced System Care, I'm OK with it. It showed up on my brother's computer and wasn't sure what it was. I use ASC and love it. It's a bit slow but catches a LOT of bugs. I always run it if I've been on questionable sites, esp some of the newer game one. I recently upgraded to ASC Pro and it's even better, worth the money.
  Bambe Marlin  

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of AWC.exe: based on 16 votes with 16 user comments. 6 users think AWC.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 3 users think it's probably harmless. 4 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users suspect danger. One user thinks AWC.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it. 2 users don't grade AWC.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving AWC issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with AWC. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic 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 6resmon 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 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the AWC.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity 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. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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