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.
The process known as OsdMaestro main program or Netropa® Onscreen Display or On Screen Display or OSD MFC Application or OSD Application or Live! OSD or OSD for test only (Brightness show message when different) or osd MFC Application
belongs to software OsdMaestro or On Screen Display or razercfg MFC Application or HPAsset component for HP Active Support or LIVE! OSD (version 1.19(AD), 1.14(AD)) or OSD Application or WAYTECH OSD or HPAsset component for HP or Wireless Keyboard and Optical
by OsdMaestro or Netropa (www.netropa.com/download/mmkbd/download.html) or razercfg MFC Application or WayTech Development (www.waytech.com) or Wistron (www.wistron.com) or ODM or Press FnF8 to enable/disable Touchpad or OSD Application.
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 10/8/7/XP are 118,784 bytes (25% of all occurrences), 90,112 bytes and 42 more variants.
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.
Recommended: Identify OSD.exe related errors
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. It is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. The program has no visible window. The application starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, MACHINE\User Shell Folders). OSD.exe is not a Windows core file.
If OSD.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\, the security rating is 50% dangerous. The file size is 204,800 bytes. The program has no visible window. The program is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, MACHINE\User Shell Folders). The OSD.exe file is not a Windows system file.
If OSD.exe is located in the C:\Windows folder, the security rating is 60% dangerous. The file size is 86,016 bytes.
If OSD.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder, the security rating is 64% dangerous. The file size is 274,432 bytes.
External information from Paul Collins:
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.
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 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 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.