What is qw.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 qw.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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Qw.exe file information

The process known as QuickenWindow or Quicken Launcher belongs to software Quicken (version 2014) or Quicken for Windows by Intuit ( or Quicken.

Description: Qw.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file qw.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 328,992 bytes (20% of all occurrences), 430,896 bytes, 431,040 bytes, 430,888 bytes or 1,276,872 bytes. 
It is not a Windows core file. It is a Verisign signed file. The file is digitally signed. The program has no file description. Therefore the technical security rating is 15% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you are having problems with qw.exe, you can also do the following:

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

It is used for Quicken but for some reason it remains TSR. It is only neccessary when you are running Quicken or downloading scheduled account updates. it should be closed otherwise since it uses about 62meg in the background.
Pocket Qwicken asks for it.
  Ruth R. Wilcox  
only a problem when exiting Quicken
Installed today as Update for Quicken 2014. Upon exiting the program, Norton pops up malware alert with choice of remove or leave. Quicken (see link) says they and Symantec are working on this problem to fix the false alert. I don't know exactly what the file does though. Is it telemetry?
  K. Rizzo   (further information)

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Summary: Average user rating of qw.exe: based on 7 votes with 5 user comments. 2 users think qw.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. One user thinks qw.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving qw issues

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