What is scards32.exe?

The genuine scards32.exe file is a software component of Chipdrive Smartcard Reader by SCM Microsystems.
Scards32.exe is an executable file that belongs to the Chipdrive Smartcard Reader, a hardware device that reads data from different types of contact smart cards. This file is not a critical Windows component and should be removed if known to cause problems. The Chipdrive Smartcard Readers are designed to work with contact and contactless cards designed for government application as well as home and office use. The card readers ensure data encryption and protect confidential data from being stolen. Data can be easily locked in what is claimed by CHIPDRIVE to be the 'safest medium available'. SCM Microsystems (now Identive Infrastructure) is an American company that manufactures Smart Cards, Digital Media Readers, Smart Card Readers and Physical Access Terminals. The company is based in Fremont, California.

Scards32 stands for Smartcards Reader (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 scards32.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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Scards32.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with scards32
Scards32.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as SCARD 32-Bit (version 95/98-ServerProcess / NT-Service) belongs to software CHIPDRIVE IFD Drivers or CHIPDRIVE SCARD Service by Towitoko AG ( or SCM Microsystems ( or TOWITOKO - German Technology.

Description: Scards32.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Scards32.exe is located in the C:\Windows folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 264,192 bytes (39% of all occurrences), 286,720 bytes and 7 more variants. 
The program is not visible. Scards32.exe is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The scards32.exe file is not a Windows core file. Scards32.exe is able to hide itself. Therefore the technical security rating is 51% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: Some malware disguises itself as scards32.exe, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows folder. Therefore, you should check the scards32.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

SEB Chip card driver
  acenoid   (further information)
Das ist ein Chipkartentreiber
  Tino Kurth  
Es ist ein harmloser Chipkartentreiber
Treiber für ein Chipkarten-Lesegerät
  Andre P.   (further information)
smartcard reader Towitoko
Treiber für Towitko Chipdrive extern bzw. intern

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Summary: Average user rating of scards32.exe: based on 10 votes with 6 user comments. 9 users think scards32.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving scards32 issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with scards32. 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 scards32.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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