What is OpWareSE4.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 OpWareSE4.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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OpWareSE4.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with OpWareSE4
OpWareSE4.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as OCR Aware belongs to software ScanSoft OmniPage SE or ScanSoft OmniPage (version SE 4) or OmniPage Pro by ScanSoft ( or Nuance Communications (

Description: OpWareSE4.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The OpWareSE4.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 69,632 bytes (41% of all occurrences), 79,400 bytes and 5 more variants. 
OpWareSE4.exe is not a Windows system file. The program has no visible window. The software is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Run). It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. The program can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. OpWareSE4.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 49% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You can uninstall ScanSoft OmniPage SE or ScanSoft OmniPage SE 4, update it, or get help from the software vendor. Click on or to update it, click on or for support, or click on ScanSoft OmniPage SE or ScanSoft OmniPage SE 4 in Windows Control Panel (Software or Programs category) to uninstall it.

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If OpWareSE4.exe is located in C:\, the security rating is 40% dangerous. The file size is 79,400 bytes. The program has no visible window. The program can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. It is a Verisign signed file. It is certified by a trustworthy company. The process starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Run). It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. The OpWareSE4.exe file is not a Windows core file. OpWareSE4.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs.

Uninstalling this variant: If you want to remove the program completely, go to Control Panel ⇒ Software ⇒ ScanSoft OmniPage SE 4.

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as OpWareSE4.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the OpWareSE4.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

This is a process that stays resident so that the scannner dosent need to keep warming up.
  Paul Walsh  
Located At C:\Program Files\ScanSoft\OmniPageS34 , Has A Picture Of A Scanner With A Page In The Foreground That Has A "D" On It (As Its Icon), According To The Web Links Inside The Folder, It Is An OCR That Converts Scanned Documents To Usable Text (See Link), Most Likely Something That Came With My New Printer But Is Not Needed.
  Timothiess   (further information)
Do not trust it, it may be dangerous but it may also be harmless. It is not essential.
  Ryan Matthews  
SSBkgdupdate.exe" -Embedding -boot
Omnipage scansoft
I found it in "C:\Program Files\ScanSoft\OmniPageSE4.0\OpwareSE4.exe". Appears to be associated with my printer which doubles as a scanner.
  Richard Perry  
Installed under c:\Program FIles\ScanSoft \ directory is not necessary for startup but required for OCR functions
  Nancy Schuff   (further information)

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of OpWareSE4.exe: based on 6 votes with 8 user comments. One user thinks OpWareSE4.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. 3 users don't grade OpWareSE4.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving OpWareSE4 issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with OpWareSE4. 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 OpWareSE4.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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