What is showwnd.exe?

The genuine showwnd.exe file is a software component of Chicony Keyboard by Chicony.
Showwnd.exe is a process associated with the Chicony keyboard software. It is used by the program to disable the keyboard driver's taskbar entry from showing up again. Chicony is a Taiwanese firm with headquarters in the New Taipei Industrial Park in New Taipei City. It was established in February 1983. The products designed by Chicony include input devices such as keyboards, photography equipment such as cameras and camera lens modules and various other consumer electronics.

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 showwnd.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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Showwnd.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with showwnd
Showwnd.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process does not contain any indication of the producer (the software author) or the software with which it is associated.

Description: Showwnd.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Showwnd.exe is located in the C:\Windows folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 36,864 bytes (99% of all occurrences) or 45,056 bytes. 
The program has a visible window. There is no description of the program. The process is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The showwnd.exe file is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 36% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as showwnd.exe. Therefore, you should check the showwnd.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

    (further information)
im not entiraly sure but i know it is a trojan
Gateway mulitmedia keyboard driver
The file is usually harmless; however, some viruses and trojans call themselves ShowWnd.exe
It is used by a keyboard driver. see link. Ignore the comments that it is a trojan.
    (further information)
showwnd.exe is included with the Chicony keyboard software and is used by the software to stop the keyboard driver's taskbar entry from reappearing. It is not necessary to remove the keyboard software, however if you wish it can be removed through Add or Remove Programs.
  Mike M.  
If it's 36,864 bytes in size and esepcially on a Gateway or you have a Chicony keyboard then it's harmless
  Joe Wein  
No files or drivers need it what so ever on my aunts pc and I seemed to cut down on the random crashes and shut downs since I disabled it

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of showwnd.exe: based on 10 votes with 8 user comments. 2 users think showwnd.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 4 users suspect danger. One user thinks showwnd.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving showwnd issues

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