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What is OSD.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 OSD.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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OSD.exe file information

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

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 OSD.exe file 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 8/7/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 keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 44% dangerous, however you should also read the user 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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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
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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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Best practices for resolving OSD issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with OSD. 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 doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, 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 OSD.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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