What is softOSD.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 softOSD.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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SoftOSD.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with softOSD
SoftOSD.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as softOSD Service belongs to software softOSD Client or softOSD DDC/CI Service by EnTech Taiwan (

Description: SoftOSD.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. SoftOSD.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/XP are 291,384 bytes (50% of all occurrences), 281,144 bytes, 284,728 bytes or 281,656 bytes. 
The program has no visible window. The file is digitally signed. SoftOSD.exe is not a Windows system file. The program can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. SoftOSD.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 34% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.
In case of problems with softOSD.exe, you can uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Add/Remove programs > softOSD Client or softOSM).

Recommended: Identify softOSD.exe related errors

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

it causes BSOD when my third monitor is connected to integrated intel graphics
  Darko Raca  

Summary: Average user rating of softOSD.exe: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user suspects danger.

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Best practices for resolving softOSD issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with softOSD. 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 doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, 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 softOSD.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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