What is BrStsWnd.exe?

The genuine BrStsWnd.exe file is a software component of Brother Printer Status Monitor by Brother.
The Brother Printer Status Monitor is a utility that displays printer status and ink levels. BrStsWnd.exe runs the Brother Printer Status Monitor. This is not an essential Windows process and can be disabled if known to create problems. The Brother Printer Status Monitor is a system tray utility for the Windows platform that provides configuration for installed printers manufactured by Brother Industries. The program mainly displays ink levels and printer status, that is, whether it is online or offline. Brother Industries, Ltd. is a Japanese multinational company that designs and manufactures electronics and electrical equipment such as desktop computers, printers, large machine tools, sewing machines, label printers, fax machines, typewriters, and other computer-related electronics. Brother Industries was founded as an overseas sales affiliate for the Yasui Sewing Machine Company in 1954. The company currently generates over $5 billion annually. Brother Industries is presently headquartered in Nagoya, Japan.

BrStsWnd stands for Brother Status Window

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 BrStsWnd.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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BrStsWnd.exe file information

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

The process known as brstswnd belongs to software brother brstswnd by brother (

Description: BrStsWnd.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The BrStsWnd.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 3,618,104 bytes (25% of all occurrences), 864,256 bytes and 7 more variants. 
BrStsWnd.exe is not a Windows core file. BrStsWnd.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 32% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If problems with Brownie come up, you could also safely remove the program using the uninstall program of (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

Recommended: Identify BrStsWnd.exe related errors

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

Brother Status Window, Process spawned by Printer Driver (Laser Printer, etc)
brstswnd is installed with the brother printer
  Cathy McInnis  
Brother Status Monitor. Commandline: "BrStsWnd.exe [name of your Brother printer]". Sets up an icon in your System Tray with options and menus.
  Peter Liang  
Caused by Brother Status Monitor loading at Windows Start Up. Preventing it from loading at start up eliminates the error.
  Ed Greenfield  
I found the error occured when the Brother status monitor tried to load into the sys tray. I resolved the problem by not allowing it load the status monitor at Win XP start up.
  Ed Greenfield  
Zone Alarm reports: "Brstswind.exe is trying to inject code into explorer.exe"
  Bob Kew  
it is a Brother printer driver
Brother Printer Status Monitor
brstswnd is a status screen for the Brother HL-2030 series. This application is harmless, only when you have installed printer drivers from Brother, or using a Brother printer in your network where you have installed the drivers for. But actually, brstswnd is not needed for any Brother printer to print records. It only shows you the status. So therefore, it may be deleted from the computer.
  Ash []   (further information)
Appears immediately on any box that has an installed HL-2040 or 2140 Brother printer.- probably others too.
I just bought and installed a Brother printer. Receive a "brstswnd" error message when booting the computer and the printer is turned off. Message does not appear when printer is on when booting up. Didn't have the problem before so believe it must be associated with the new printer being turned off.
Installed with brother printer software (printer status monitoring which can be deslected during install of software)
changed cpu 2gh to 2.4gh
Brother printer driver
Brother Printer Status Monitor
Installs in C:\Program Files\Brownie and C:\Program Files\Brother \Drive Deployment Wizard\Brownie. If on C:\windows or c:\windows\system32 folder it may be malware cloaked as the Brother printer driver
shotdown error
Not needed at Startup
Brother Status Monitor, can be ignored and disabled without uninstalling.

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of BrStsWnd.exe: based on 19 votes with 19 user comments. 6 users think BrStsWnd.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 3 users think it's probably harmless. 8 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. One user thinks BrStsWnd.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it. 4 users don't grade BrStsWnd.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving BrStsWnd issues

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