What is OpwareSE2.exe?

The genuine OpwareSE2.exe file is a software component of OmniPage SE by Nuance.
"OpwareSE2.exe" is a file within Windows that is known as Opware SE version 2. The file is an Optical Character Recognition Engine for OmniPage SE. When documents get scanned using OmniPage SE, Opware SE converts the characters into text that can be edited in a word processor. Nuance began in 1992 and was acquired by ScanSoft in 2005 under a merge. However, ScanSoft decided to keep the Nuance name for the new brand. ScanSoft was originally known as Visioneer up until 1999. Nuance provides innovative speech and text processing software, as well as imaging applications to both consumers and businesses.

OpwareSE2 stands for Opware SE version 2

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 OpwareSE2.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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OpwareSE2.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with OpwareSE2
OpwareSE2.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as OCR Aware (version (32-bit)) belongs to software OmniPage SE by ScanSoft (

Description: OpwareSE2.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The OpwareSE2.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of C:\ or in C:\ (common is C:\Program Files\ScanSoft\OmniPageSE2.0\). Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 49,152 bytes (99% of all occurrences), 126,976 bytes or 53,248 bytes. 
The file is not a Windows core file. The program has no visible window. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. The program is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. OpwareSE2.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 62% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In case of any problems with OpwareSE2.exe, you can do the following:
  1) safely remove the program using the uninstall program of OmniPage SE (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program)
  2) visit the vendor’s support site
  3) check the vendor’s website for a newer version.

Recommended: Identify OpwareSE2.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as OpwareSE2.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the OpwareSE2.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

Is a Part from the Omni Page SE Scanner Software it is harm! ;-)
OCR software for Canon scanner
  Gianfry   (further information)
OCR program for scanner Canon 3200
Scanner related: Text recognition software [for lazy students: Scan the book and change a few words = Coursework/Homework done!]
Scanner Software - Does not need to be running if you are not scanning
I second everything
Loads from my Epson CX11 Color Scanner
Canon Scanner software

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of OpwareSE2.exe: based on 19 votes with 8 user comments. 12 users think OpwareSE2.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. 3 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. One user thinks OpwareSE2.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving OpwareSE2 issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with OpwareSE2. 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 OpwareSE2.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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