What is savedump.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 savedump.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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Savedump.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with savedump
Savedump.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Windows NT Save Dump Utility belongs to software Microsoft Windows Operating System by Microsoft (

Description: Savedump.exe is an important part of Windows, but often causes problems. Savedump.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 13,312 bytes (78% of all occurrences), 13,824 bytes, 19,456 bytes or 30,720 bytes. 
The file is a Windows core system file. The program has no visible window. Savedump.exe is a Microsoft signed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 3% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: Some malware disguises itself as savedump.exe, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the savedump.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

from what i have read it only happens to windows 2000 o/s, but in fact it shows up on my widows pro O/S
Have seen it cause unnecessary system shutdown in WinXP Pro when NTOS Kernell Debugger process is set to run at startup in msconfig. By disabeling this process you can keep the system from shutting down untill you remove the spyware or virus masking itself as savedump.exe.
  Mike Grantham  
This process appeared after a "violent" reboot of my PC. I had a message about memory beeing "saved to disk". Disappeared 5 minutes after reboot.
when I boot I get a message "savedump.exe -Application error" the application failt to intialize properly click on ok to terminate the application Recently now I've been having problems with computer freezin up all the time and having to reboot. Is there a connection?
Used to report the Windows crash
watch out for folder "minidump" if create date is current
So, I drop to a command prompt, do: dir /s savedump.exe [press enter]. I checked the date and location and they were valid. I believe it is part of "Dr Watson" and writes out the user.dmp file that can be found in the DrWatson directory (do: dir /s *.dmp). It is my opinion that just like the planet Earth, savedump.exe is "Mostly Harmless" and should not be obliterated..
  Moe Green  
event id 1001
After a system crash, the application "savedump.exe" was started. I have disabled DRWTSN32, so I just ended the program.
  Technical Freak  
This process apears after the windows shutts down with a memory error. It records a log for the error, so, probably is a part of the diagnosis system of the windows brought by the service pack 3. Scan at the shows this file totaly clean.
  Sadas   (further information)
Go to 'System Properties' window. go to tab ' Advanced'. Click on the 'Settings' button in the section 'Startup and Recovery' . Now you have the startup and recovery settings. If you choose to write a dump file that is what savedump proces is for
I had it show up after overclocking my system and it locked up and then restarted with this process running never happened before only when I overclock
It is always crashing my cpu, everyday about two or three times a day. Just wish it would end.
on mine, if the hard drive is almost full on xp the savedump cleans up about a 1/2 gigabyte or more of junk files so the drive doesn't fill up.
First I received a Window Explorer error. I restarted my computer and used it fine for a hour or so, then it restarted on it own and when I looked at the process running I noticed savedump.exe. Now Firefox will crash about every 15 minutes with no warning. I was using Ebay and a friend of mine says he got a nasty malware virus that redirects him every time he tries to post a listing. He will be redirected to a fake yahoo search page. I run my computer very lean, only 26 or so processes running when in use. Also, I use malwarebytes anti malware and run a scan several times a week and this is the first issue I have had in a long time.

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of savedump.exe: based on 21 votes with 15 user comments. 6 users think savedump.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. 2 users suspect danger. 4 users think savedump.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 7 users don't grade savedump.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving savedump issues

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