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 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 ASUS ROG Gaming Mouse (version GX850) or Wireless Keyboard and Optical

by OsdMaestro or Netropa ( or razercfg MFC Application or WayTech Development ( or Wistron ( or ODM or OSD Application or Press FnF8 to enable/disable Touchpad.

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 (24% of all occurrences), 90,112 bytes and 43 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.

Uninstalling this variant: If you have any problems with OSD.exe, you can do the following:

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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.


User Comments

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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.
The Razer Lycosa Keyboard Driver incorporates OSD.exe to display information on screen, such as profile changes.
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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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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of OSD.exe: based on 53 votes with 9 reviews. 38 users think OSD.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 5 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 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 OSD.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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