How to remove the dwme virus

Most antivirus programs identify dwme.exe as malware—e.g. Avast identifies it as Win32:Cycbot-OA [Trj], and BitDefender identifies it as Trojan.Generic.KDV.393645.

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Dwme.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with dwme
Dwme.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The dwme.exe process itself does not contain any references to its author. However, a few interesting pieces of information are available from other sources.

Description: Dwme.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Dwme.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 101,376 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 275,968 bytes or 273,408 bytes. 
The program has a visible window. There is no description of the program. The application is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Run). The dwme.exe file is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 42% dangerous.

Recommended: Identify dwme.exe related errors

Important: You should check the dwme.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 dwme issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: Security Task Manager examines the active dwme process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known anti-malware tool tells you if the dwme.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.

Other processes

dwme.exe [all]