What is QHWatchdog.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 QHWatchdog.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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QHWatchdog.exe file information

The process known as 360 Total Security belongs to software 360 Total Security or 360 Security Center by Qihu Software Co. or QIHU 360 SOFTWARE CO. LIMITED.

Description: QHWatchdog.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. QHWatchdog.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 124,536 bytes (59% of all occurrences), 95,856 bytes or 96,376 bytes. 
The file is a Verisign signed file. The program is not visible. The QHWatchdog.exe file is digitally signed. The QHWatchdog.exe file is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 12% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: If problems with 360 Total Security or 360 Security Center come up, you can search the support area on the 360 website or uninstall it software via Windows Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 10/8/7).

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

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