What is sc_watch.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 sc_watch.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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Sc_watch.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with sc_watch
Sc_watch.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as T-Online Basis-Software Watchdog or Basis-Software Watchdog belongs to software T-Online Basis-Software Watchdog Modul or Startcenter by Deutsche Telekom AG ( or T-Online (

Description: Sc_watch.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Sc_watch.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 107,824 bytes (44% of all occurrences), 81,920 bytes, 111,960 bytes or 107,864 bytes. 
The program is not visible. The file is not a Windows core file. The file is a Verisign signed file. The file is certified by a trustworthy company. Therefore the technical security rating is 28% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If there are any problems with sc_watch.exe, you can uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a ProgramT-Online or SuperCleaner.

Recommended: Identify sc_watch.exe related errors

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

sc_watch.exe ist ein Watchdog-Timer, welcher das Funktionieren der T-Online Basissoftware sicherstellen soll
  David S  
Teil der T-Online-software
Basis-Software watchdog hat eine Problem Festgestellt
  Malheiro pedro  
wenn man die sc_watch löscht passiert nicht wirklich viel es ist eine Kontrolldatei der T-online Software aber man sollte sie belassen es könnte sein das t-online nach einer zeit browser probleme bekommt !
  Jimmi The Profiler for xp  
wichtig für die T-Online-Software
  Thomas   (further information)

Summary: Average user rating of sc_watch.exe: based on 4 votes with 5 user comments. 3 users think sc_watch.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving sc_watch issues

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