What is shwiconem.exe?

The genuine shwiconem.exe file is a software component of Alcor Micro Multimedia Card Reader Controller by Alcor Micro.
Shwiconem.exe is an executable file that is part of the Alcor Micro Multimedia Card Reader Controller. It is installed automatically on a computer after attaching the card reader and displays status messages regarding the current card that is inserted. This is not an essential Windows process and can be disabled if known to create problems. Alcor Micro Multimedia Card Reader Controller supports USB and PCI Express interfaces. The controller is built for the Windows platform and features an integrated Alcor DMA (direct media access) engine for an enhanced performance. The controller supports SD, CF, MMC, MS and MS Pro card formats. Alcor Micro is a Taiwanese company that designs fabless Integrated Chips (ICs) and provides technology solutions. In 1999, Alcor Micro was one of the first companies to unveil an extremely low cost USB hub controller to the PC market, which was integrated into the world's first ‘USB only' PC (the iMac). Alcor's main focus is on IO (input-output) technology. The company was founded in 1996 and is currently headquartered in Taipei City, Taiwan.

ShwIconeM stands for Show Icon for eMachine

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 shwiconem.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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Shwiconem.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with shwiconem
Shwiconem.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Digital Media Reader or eMachines Bay Reader belongs to software Multimedia Card Reader by Alcor Micro (

Description: Shwiconem.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file shwiconem.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" (usually C:\Program Files\Digital Media Reader\, C:\Program Files\eMachines Bay Reader\). Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 135,168 bytes (98% of all occurrences) or 35,332 bytes. 
Shwiconem.exe is a file with no information about its developer. The file is not a Windows system file. The process starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The program is not visible. You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. Therefore the technical security rating is 43% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: It is possible to uninstall the software Digital Media Reader or eMachines Bay Reader using the Uninstall a Program function of Windows Control Panel (Windows: Start, Settings, Control Panel, Uninstall a Program).

Recommended: Identify shwiconem.exe related errors

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

Appears to Come on emachines for the Card Reader installed
doesnt slow down the pc and installed with emachines computers
Included on some Gateway models as well as E-Machines for Card Reader
Gateway Media Card Reader
It came preinstalled on my Gateway 560GE PC. Used for the digital media reader on the front of the computer - SD/MMC/SM/MS/MS-PRO, CF/MICRODRIVE
Preinstalled with cd/dvd on any desktop pc
  J. Hungerford  
I had a USB Mass Storage Device appear in Device Manager on our XP Pro eMachines computer. Seems responsible for removable disks in Device Manager. I ran the trial version of Security Task manager, and it listed these removable disks when I selected Digital Media Reader. Security Task Manager listed several errors in the Text in File section (bottom right), so I uninstalled Digital Media Reader. The removable disks are still there. Not sure I should have uninstalled Digital Media Reader. Can anyone help?
Seems likely that it is a legitimate file for the e-machine card reader.
It says it's a Multimedia Card Reader by Alcor Micro, Corp. I have it on my eMachines PC.
  Avi Green  
Loads on start up on Gateway pc's for Digital Media Manager
It works for the card reader but like all eMachine products is buggy on some models by not enabling flash drives and making windows think a drive is not ready in the scans.
It is part of Digital Media Manager ports. Only after doing SP2 for windows did this error come about.
  Mohel   (further information)
Its for most standard (Non-Branded) Internal Media Card readers, regrardless of the system manufacturer.
It showed up in Task Manager - Recently had to do a 'non-destructive restore" on my E-machine (gateway/ amd) that WAS destructive, and left me at XP SP2. After uninstalling programs I didn't want, need or outdated, my CD/DVD drives no longer operate. That was right after I deleted Napster and ran a junkfile cleaner. MBAM didn't find malware, but Super Anti SPyware is finding familiar adware.

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Summary: Average user rating of shwiconem.exe: based on 13 votes with 14 user comments. 11 users think shwiconem.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. 4 users don't grade shwiconem.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving shwiconem issues

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