What is opware32.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 opware32.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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Opware32.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with opware32
Opware32.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as OCR Aware (version (32-bit)) or Ocraware32 belongs to software OmniPage SE or OmniPage Pro or TextBridge Pro by ScanSoft ( or Caere (

Description: Opware32.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The opware32.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of C:\ (usually C:\Program Files\ScanSoft\OmniPageSE\). Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 49,152 bytes (78% of all occurrences), 44,032 bytes or 40,960 bytes. 
The opware32.exe file is not a Windows core file. The application is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The program has no visible window. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. Opware32.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 63% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You can uninstall OmniPage SE, update it, or get help from the software vendor. Click on to update it, click on for support, or click on OmniPage SE in Windows Control Panel (Software or Programs category) to uninstall it.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as opware32.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the opware32.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

A green running icon in the tray in AM. Cannot start computer because the monitor shuts down. Must use boot disk, delete Omnipage and problem solved.
I know it's omnipage related but it uses 5000+kb, isn't that too much for scansoftware file...
interfers with WordPerfect "Preferences" and Calendar Creator and similar wizards, crashes the WordPerfect program
Canon Scanner-software
Part of OmniPage. To stop it run ScanSoft OmniPage- Tools- Options- All- Direct OCR and uncheck "Enable direct OCR".
OmniPage SE
appears typically as in prefetch directory. I have never used Omnipage even though it is installed. Encountered bb connection swamping while it was runnin. looks like a trojan to me
stops norton anti virus update
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of opware32.exe: based on 38 votes with 9 reviews. 24 users think opware32.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 3 users think it's probably harmless. 5 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users suspect danger. 4 users think opware32.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 5 users don't grade opware32.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving opware32 issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with opware32. 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 opware32.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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