What is SPUVolumeWatcher.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 SPUVolumeWatcher.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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SPUVolumeWatcher.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with SPUVolumeWatcher
SPUVolumeWatcher.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Media Check Tool or Cyber-shot Viewer Volume Watcher belongs to software Picture Motion Browser or Sony Picture Utility or Cyber-shot Viewer by Sony (

Description: SPUVolumeWatcher.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file SPUVolumeWatcher.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 344,064 bytes (49% of all occurrences), 385,024 bytes and 5 more variants. 
SPUVolumeWatcher.exe is not a Windows system file. The process starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: User Shell Folders, Shell Folders, DEFAULT\User Shell Folders). SPUVolumeWatcher.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 36% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you have any problems with SPUVolumeWatcher.exe, you might want to uninstall the software Sony Picture Utility using the Uninstall a Program function of Windows Control Panel (Windows: Start, Settings, Control Panel, Uninstall a Program).

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If SPUVolumeWatcher.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\, the security rating is 50% dangerous. The file size is 344,064 bytes. The program has no visible window. The software starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: User Shell Folders, Shell Folders, DEFAULT\User Shell Folders). SPUVolumeWatcher.exe is not a Windows core file. SPUVolumeWatcher.exe is able to monitor applications.

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

This is a browser programme for viewing videos taken from a SONY Hard Disk HD Camera.
it is part of the Sony Cyber-shot digital image viewing application.
Gehört zur Sony Software (Handycam)
File from the "Sony Cyber-shots" drivers/programms. You can it in the task-manager close/quit. No virus and no important file, only for your sony cyber-shot digitalcameras connections to your pc.
Part of Sony's camera software installation
C:\Program Files\Sony\Sony Picture Utility\VolumeWatcher\SPUVolumeWatcher.exe
Agree with above signed comments; my lengthy verbose is: PMBVolumeWatcher.exe (723kB) && PMBDeviceInfoProvider.exe (472kB), with many other files and extentions all start with: PMB{A--V...}. These appeared in C:\Program Files\Sony\ after installing the Sony HDR-CX230 HandyCam on XP Pro. PlayMemories Home and Help Icons appear on Desktop. The User and SYSTEM Processes will close during a given session. Use Windows Task Manager to "End Process." dt

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of SPUVolumeWatcher.exe: based on 6 votes with 7 user comments. 4 users think SPUVolumeWatcher.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. 2 users don't grade SPUVolumeWatcher.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving SPUVolumeWatcher issues

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