What is kmw_show.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 kmw_show.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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Kmw_show.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with kmw_show
Kmw_show.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process does not give any clues as to the producer or the name of the associated software; instead, only the following file properties can be determined.

Description: Kmw_show.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Kmw_show.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 188,416 bytes (30% of all occurrences), 176,128 bytes, 172,032 bytes or 167,936 bytes. 
The kmw_show.exe file is a file with no information about its developer. The file is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. The file is not a Windows core file. The program has no visible window. Kmw_show.exe is able to hide itself and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 62% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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

Kensington MouseWorks - mouse/trackball software
Kensington MouseWorks - mouse/trackball software. Not required unles you use any special features
  Ehud Halberstam  
This program was using 2.5 G of ram plus all of my cpu power. As soon as i ended this process my performance went back up.
Kensington MouseWorks - Lets KMW show on system tray for convenience.
This file is used in conjunction with Kensington Mouseworks and with the Kensington Expert Mouse Trackball.
  Joey H   (further information)

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Summary: Average user rating of kmw_show.exe: based on 7 votes with 5 user comments. 6 users think kmw_show.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks kmw_show.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving kmw_show issues

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