What is qbw32.exe?

The genuine qbw32.exe file is a software component of Intuit Quickbooks by Intuit.
QuickBooks offers a variety of features for small business owners to prepare financial statements, track inventory and prepare related reports, log expenses, prepare and send invoices and track sales taxes. Recent versions including Intuit also carry software for employee payroll, time tracking, check printing, tax preparation and creating invoices.

QBW32 stands for QuickBooks by Windows for 32-bit

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 qbw32.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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Qbw32.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with qbw32
Qbw32.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as QuickBooks belongs to software Intuit or QuickBooks or QuickBooks Pro (version 2013, 2011) by Intuit ( or Intuit Canada ULC.

Description: Qbw32.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Qbw32.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,179,024 bytes (18% of all occurrences), 1,178,400 bytes and 7 more variants. 
The file has a digital signature. It is not a Windows core file. The software starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\User Shell Folders, MACHINE\Run). It is a Verisign signed file. The program has no visible window. Qbw32.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 26% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: If you have any problems with qbw32.exe, you can also do the following:
  1) uninstall the software QuickBooks or Intuit, Inc. using the Uninstall a Program function of Windows Control Panel (Windows: Start, Settings, Control Panel, Uninstall a Program)
  2) turn to the software developer, Quickbooks, for advice
  3) make sure that you have installed the latest version.

Recommended: Identify qbw32.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as qbw32.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the qbw32.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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Best practices for resolving qbw32 issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with qbw32. 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 qbw32.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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