How to remove the drwtsn virus

Most antivirus programs identify drwtsn.exe as malware—for example McAfee identifies it as Generic Downloader.x, and Microsoft identifies it as TrojanDownloader:Win32/Wixud.gen!B.

The drwtsn.exe file is a software component of DrWatson postmortem debugger by Microsoft.
"drwtsn.exe" is the main executable file in Windows for the DrWatson postmortem debugger. The file collects details on errors following a system crash for the user to view. It basically creates log files when an error occurs for tech support to view and analyze. The file is the default debugger in Windows and will launch when no other debugger is detected. Microsoft is well known for advanced programming and software applications, with many residing in their operating systems, such as this file to handle crashes. They develop global solutions for big corporations and for individual homeowners that pave the way to easy functionality and useful applications for everyday life.

DrWtsn stands for DrWatson

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Drwtsn.exe file information

The process contains no information about its author.

Description: Drwtsn.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file drwtsn.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 16,384 bytes. 
The program has no file description. The program is not visible. The drwtsn.exe file is an unknown file in the Windows folder. Drwtsn.exe is not a Windows system file. Therefore the technical security rating is 72% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Recommended: Identify drwtsn.exe related errors

Important: You should check the drwtsn.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

hat bei mir einen absturtz bewirkt
not harmful, file is created/written as a result of an ATI driver loading error. explained fully here -
  Ken   (further information)
Virus !!! gleich löschen
Dr. Watson is an application debugger included with the Windows
  Tom   (further information)

Summary: Average user rating of drwtsn.exe: based on 4 votes with 4 user comments. One user thinks drwtsn.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user suspects danger. One user thinks drwtsn.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving drwtsn issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: Security Task Manager examines the active drwtsn process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known anti-malware tool tells you if the drwtsn.exe on your computer displays annoying ads, slowing it down. This type of unwanted adware program is not considered by some antivirus software to be a virus and is therefore not marked for cleanup.

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding PC trouble. 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.

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