What is softdir.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 softdir.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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Softdir.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with softdir
Softdir.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Software Director belongs to software Software Director by Cloanto (

Description: Softdir.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Softdir.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 289,096 bytes (26% of all occurrences), 370,512 bytes and 5 more variants. 
The program has no visible window. The softdir.exe file is a Verisign signed file. The file has a digital signature. The process is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\User Shell Folders, MACHINE\Run). It is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 30% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: There is a possibility to contact Customer Service or remove the entire program Software Director using Windows Control Panel.

Recommended: Identify softdir.exe related errors

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

Diese exe ist ein Dienstprogramm der Firma Cloanto. Sie wird installiert mit der Installation des Amiga-Emulators "Amiga Forever". Diese Datei überprüft auf Programmupdates und prüft gstartete Programme, ob sie im Amiga-Emulator Format vorliegen, (ADF-Files, etc.), fängt sie ab und führt sie zusammen mit der Amiga-Forever-Emulation aus. Ist als harmlos zu betrachten.
  Marcus Becker  
Checks for updates on emulation software such as Amiga Forever, Commodore C64 Forever. Not dangerous
  Bill Gris   (further information)

Summary: Average user rating of softdir.exe: based on 2 votes with 2 user comments. One user thinks softdir.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 softdir issues

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