What is gtwatch.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 gtwatch.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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Gtwatch.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with gtwatch
Gtwatch.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as ScanExpress (version A3 USB v1.0) belongs to software ScanExpress (version A3 USB) or BearPaw (version 2400TA) or Packard Bell Diamond (version 1200) by unknown.

Description: Gtwatch.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Gtwatch.exe is located in the C:\Windows folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 45,056 bytes (57% of all occurrences), 28,672 bytes or 32,768 bytes. 
There is no description of the program. The program is not visible. The application is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The file is not a Windows core file. It is an unknown file in the Windows folder. Therefore the technical security rating is 75% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you still experience problems with gtwatch.exe, you can also uninstall the software ScanExpress A3 USB or BearPaw 2400CU using the Uninstall a Program function of Windows Control Panel (Windows: Start, Settings, Control Panel, Uninstall a Program).

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

gtwatch.exe wird automatisch in die Autostart-Registry integriert und ist dafür verantwortlich, dass die "Direct-Scan" Funktion für einen Mustek-Scanner funktioniert
Mustek Scanner Manager
Wenn ich gtwatch lösche, wird mein Mustek USK Scanner 1200+ nicht mehr erkannt.
  Marco B.  
nothing but the demand for this file that ist reuested whilst the usb-scanner' software is under installation
  Sven Creutzmann  
nothing but this file obviously not available in my XP Professional . At least the user-program-installation for Lifetec USB Scanner LT 9452 sks for this file that is requested
  Jochen Creutzmann  

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Summary: Average user rating of gtwatch.exe: based on 8 votes with 5 user comments. 6 users think gtwatch.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless.

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Best practices for resolving gtwatch issues

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

To help you analyze the gtwatch.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security 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. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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