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Is OSD.exe safe?

OSD.exe is a executable file (a program) within Windows. The filename extension .exe denotes an executable file. You should only run executable files from publishers you trust, because executable files can potentially change your computer settings or harm your computer. The free file information forum can help you determine if OSD.exe is a virus, trojan, spyware, or adware that you can remove, or a file belonging to a Windows system or to an application you can trust.


OSD.exe file information

The process known as Netropa® Onscreen Display or OsdMaestro main program or On Screen Display or OSD MFC Application or OSD for test only (Brightness show message when different) or osd MFC Application

belongs to software On Screen Display or OsdMaestro or WAYTECH OSD or Wireless Keyboard and Optical or razercfg MFC Application or OSD Application or Belkin Wireless Keyboard and or LIVE! OSD (version 1.19(AD), 1.14(AD)) or Slim Multimedia Keyboard or Wireless Keyboard or HPAsset component for HP Active Support or HPAsset component for HP

by Netropa (www.netropa.com/download/mmkbd/download.html) or OsdMaestro or WayTech Development (www.waytech.com) or Wistron (www.wistron.com) or razercfg MFC Application or ODM or Press FnF8 to enable/disable Touchpad or C&E.

Description: OSD.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file OSD.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" (generally c:\program files\netropa\onscreen display\ or C:\Program Files\Launch Manager\). Known file sizes on Windows 7/XP are 90,112 bytes (38% of all occurrences), 204,800 bytes and 38 more variants. http://www.file.net/process/osd.exe.html 
The file is not a Windows core file. The program has no visible window. OSD.exe is able to record inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 44% dangerous, however also read the users reviews.
If you have any problems with OSD.exe, you can uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Add/Remove programs > Launch Manager or Media Key).

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If OSD.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\, the security rating is 49% dangerous. The file size is 204,800 bytes (90% of all occurrences) or 36,864 bytes. The program has no visible window. The software starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders). The OSD.exe file is not a Windows system file.

If OSD.exe is located in the folder C:\Windows\System32, the security rating is 53% dangerous. The file size is 274,432 bytes. OSD.exe is a file without information about the developer of this file. The software starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders). It is not a Windows system file. The program has no visible window. OSD.exe is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. OSD.exe is able to record inputs.
If you have any problems with OSD.exe, you can uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Add/Remove programs > OSD).

If OSD.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows\System32, the security rating is 60% dangerous. The file size is 90,112 bytes.

If OSD.exe is located in the folder C:\Windows, the security rating is 60% dangerous. The file size is 86,016 bytes.

External information from Paul Collins:

  • "On Screen Display" can run at start up. By Netropa for HP and other brands. Same group as KBD MediaCenter & Touch Manager. Pressing a "hot key" on such a keyboard brings a corresponding panel on the screen for volume, etc. Nice but not required if you don't adjust things regularly - can also freeze

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as OSD.exe, particularly when located in the c:\windows or c:\windows\system32 folder. Therefore, you should check the OSD.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.



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User Comments

As this page already says, it's the 'On Screen Display' for volume controls that show on your screen and similar. It is by default on Windows 7 with Alienware laptops and possibly other Dell computers, the C:\Program Files (x86)\OSD directory. It's absolutely harmless.
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I've used this for years with no problem-till now. I'm here 'cause it stopped working and I was hoping to learn how to get it back! Never a system problem with this little app.
  MajorTC  
The Razer Lycosa Keyboard Driver incorporates OSD.exe to display information on screen, such as profile changes.
  Emiliano  
Nizza Post uber osd.exe Windows Prozess - Was ist das?. Ich bin sehr zufrieden mit der Zeit und Muhe, die Sie in das Schreiben dieser Geschichte gesetzt haben beeindruckt. Ich gebe dir einen Link auf meine Social Media -Blog. All the best !
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displays on screen info for all your gadgets and gizmos but unless u need this its kinda pointless to have it and should be disabled or removed
   
NETROPA hotkey
   
it also configures screen resolution while gaming because when my laptop goes to sleep while gaming it resets the games res to windows res
  0-K4K0$-M4N0LI$  
OnScreenDisplay razer
  tw1  
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of OSD.exe: based on 52 votes with 9 reviews.
38 users think OSD.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 4 users think it's probably harmless. 4 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 3 users suspect danger. 3 users think OSD.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 4 users don't grade OSD.exe ("not sure about it").


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