What is broadwave.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 broadwave.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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Broadwave.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with broadwave
Broadwave.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as BroadWave or BroadWave Audio Streaming Server belongs to software BroadWave Uninstall or BroadWave Audio Streaming by NCH Software (

Description: Broadwave.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The broadwave.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 499,716 bytes (50% of all occurrences), 401,412 bytes, 1,226,312 bytes, 973,064 bytes or 638,980 bytes. 
There is no information about the author of the file. The program has no visible window. The broadwave.exe file is not a Windows core file. The application listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. Broadwave.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs, hide itself and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 64% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: You can uninstall BroadWave Audio Streaming Server or BroadWave, update it, or get help from the software vendor. Click on to update it, click on for support, or click on BroadWave Audio Streaming Server or BroadWave in Windows Control Panel (Software or Programs category) to uninstall it.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as broadwave.exe. Therefore, you should check the broadwave.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.


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Best practices for resolving broadwave issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with broadwave. 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 broadwave.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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