What is IRW.exe?

The genuine IRW.exe file is a software component of Boot Camp by Apple.
"IRW.exe" is the IR control application file for Apple remotes in Windows. It is part of the Boot Camp application within a Mac Operating System, which allows the installation of Windows on a Mac. It actively searches for infrared signals from an Apple remote and executes a function based on the signal. Apple is an industry leader in computer systems, peripherals, and operating systems like their leading Mac OS series of software.

IRW stands for IR Windows

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 IRW.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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IRW.exe file information

The process known as IR Receiver Application belongs to software Boot Camp by Apple (

Description: IRW.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. IRW.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 147,456 bytes. 
The program has no visible window. The IRW.exe file is a Microsoft signed file. The application starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). IRW.exe is not a Windows system file. IRW.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 20% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: Some malware disguises itself as IRW.exe, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the IRW.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

irw.exe is part of Boot Camp developed by Apple Inc.

Summary: Average user rating of IRW.exe: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user thinks it's probably harmless.

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Best practices for resolving IRW issues

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