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Is dwtrig20.exe safe?

Dwtrig20.exe is a executable file (a program) within Windows. The filename extension .exe denotes an executable file. You should only run executable files from publishers you trust, because executable files can potentially change your computer settings or harm your computer. The free file information forum can help you determine if dwtrig20.exe is a virus, trojan, spyware, or adware that you can remove, or a file belonging to a Windows system or to an application you can trust.


Dwtrig20.exe file information

The process known as Watson Subscriber for SENS Network Notifications or Microsoft Application Error Reporting or Windows Defender

belongs to software Watson Subscriber for SENS Network Notifications or Windows Live Messenger or Microsoft .NET Framework or Microsoft Application Error Reporting or Windows Defender or Microsoft Application Error or Watson Subscriber for SENS Network or Microsoft Office Enterprise or Microsoft Office Professional or Microsoft Office Visio

by Microsoft (www.microsoft.com).

Description: Dwtrig20.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file dwtrig20.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files". Known file sizes on Windows 7/XP are 437,160 bytes (27% of all occurrences), 39,264 bytes and 17 more variants. http://www.file.net/process/dwtrig20.exe.html 
The program has a visible window. The dwtrig20.exe file is not a Windows core file. The file has a digital signature. The process starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run). Therefore the technical security rating is 13% dangerous, however also read the users reviews.
You can uninstall Microsoft Application Error Reporting, or try to get help from the software vendor. Click on Microsoft Application Error Reporting in the Windows Control Panel (Software or Programs section) to uninstall it, or click on social.msdn.microsoft.com/Search/en-us?query=Microsoft+Error+Reporting to visit the vendor's website.

Recommended: Identify dwtrig20.exe related errors

If dwtrig20.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 16% dangerous. The file size is 489,672 bytes. The program has a visible window. Dwtrig20.exe is certified by a trustworthy company. The process is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run). The file is not a Windows system file.

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as dwtrig20.exe, particularly when located in the c:\windows or c:\windows\system32 folder. Therefore, you should check the dwtrig20.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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User Comments

saw it running and eating my processor
  Watson  
My computer was infected with lot of Sality viruses. And dwtrig20.exe was also infected. It was launching a shutdown countdown at startups and was blocking the Taskmanager and the Registry. (I found a way through CMD to kill this monster)
  Kardaw  
that a dll file .that one support ms office
  arun  
i have this file in my source folder but i am unable to select it while installing the ms 2007
  AMIT KUMAR SHUKLA  
Some other sights note that viruses use it to track your site visits to tie to keylogger for you ID's and passwords.
  Quick  
It is a part of Dr Watson related to crashes and/or failed MS system updates from MS to send the info to find out why the System updates failed.
  Electeical_Banana  
This file appeared during the last two MS monthly updates - never saw it before in the Process viewer. I have had system instability ever since. This is on a Windows XP SP3 machine, with Office 2003 & Windows Defender installed. This file was not on my machine before. I wonder if MS used BITS again to secretly install this software, separate from Windows updates. You can remove it from the AUTO RUN settings. This almost seems as if it is some sort of monitoring program, not related to Watson or Defender.
  Skip  
It only occurs in my startup if I have done a windows update and one or more of the files have failed to install and i have rebooted. After the reboot and a report is ready to send, it changes it's name to dw20.exe while waiting for a response to send the error report. After sending, it removes itself from the task manager.
  Lyndsey R.  
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Summary: Average user rating of dwtrig20.exe: based on 69 votes with 9 reviews.
26 users think dwtrig20.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 9 users think it's probably harmless. 21 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users suspect danger. 11 users think dwtrig20.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 8 users don't grade dwtrig20.exe ("not sure about it").


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