What is nw.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 nw.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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Nw.exe file information

The process known as nw.ex belongs to software CleanBrowser or Popcorn Time or Vive_Phone_Services by HTC (

Description: Nw.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Nw.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of the user's profile folder or in a subfolder of C:\. The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 13,179,660 bytes. 
There is no file information. The nw.exe file is not a Windows system file. The program has no visible window. The process listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. Nw.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs, monitor applications and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 56% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You could uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program > CleanBrowser or ContentPush).

Recommended: Identify nw.exe related errors

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

It may also be the crytek launcher for Warface
  Dumfing   (further information)
There is a nw.exe variant associated with an installation of the HTC Vive Virtual Reality Headset. It looks to be the same (or similar to) the node-webkit wrapper used by Popcorn Time.
  Andrew Drake  
The nw.exe file I had was unrelated to either Popcorn Time or CleanBrowser. It was tricky to delete, requiring the process to be stopped and the nw.exe file to be immediately deleted from the hard drive. A delay of 15 seconds between process stop and file deletion resulted in the process restarting itself. The best way to deal with it was to select the process, open its file location, stop the process, immediately delete the file, and then immediately delete the nw.pak file. MalwareBytes did not flag the file.
It's the process for Screeps
nw.exe also appears to be the name of the application related to pairing the HTC vive to windows.
It can be used with some particular scripts - I recently noticed it with a game on steam called Monataro... or something, and in a couple other programs, none of which are harmful...
  Ben Hammond  

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Summary: Average user rating of nw.exe: based on 6 votes with 6 user comments. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 3 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. One user thinks nw.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving nw issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with nw. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic 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 6resmon 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 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

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

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