What is shwicon.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 shwicon.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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Shwicon.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with shwicon
Shwicon.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as shwicon belongs to software shwicon by MyComp.

Description: Shwicon.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Shwicon.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files"—generally C:\Program Files\USB Storage RW\ or C:\Program Files\CRW\ or C:\Program Files\Card Reader\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 69,632 bytes (45% of all occurrences), 73,728 bytes and 4 more variants. 
Shwicon.exe is not a Windows core file. The program has no visible window. The application is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). Therefore the technical security rating is 51% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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

My PNY memory stick installed this file to show when I plug it into the USB port
Rimax DFS Plus Show Icon. Only if you have this device installed.
Installed with PNY thumb drive to show when connected
8 in1 memory card reader installed
Connected to the pcmcia-slot, icon that shows when you plug in a card.
USB Device driver
It causing errors on Win2K after installing the EXT2FS driver. It came with my cardreader and I removed it without any trouble.
Win 98: Appears to be linked to PCI expansion card for USB 2.
is for usb storage
Little, except it is running all the time.
used for sd card on my sony
I have 43 instances of this running on my computer and I don't know what it does.

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of shwicon.exe: based on 9 votes with 12 user comments. 7 users think shwicon.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 3 users don't grade shwicon.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving shwicon issues

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