What is SR_WatchDog.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 SR_WatchDog.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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SR_WatchDog.exe file information

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

The process known as SR or Check Point SecuRemote WatchDog belongs to software desktop or Check Point SecuRemote WatchDog or Check Point VPN-1 or CheckPoint VPN-1 SecureClient by Check Point Software Technologies (

Description: SR_WatchDog.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file SR_WatchDog.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" (generally C:\Program Files\CheckPoint\SecuRemote\bin\). Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 36,962 bytes (20% of all occurrences), 36,959 bytes and 12 more variants. 
There is no information about the author of the file. The program is not visible. The file is not a Windows system file. SR_WatchDog.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 51% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: It is possible to completely remove CheckPoint VPN-1 SecureClient or Check Point VPN-1 (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

Recommended: Identify SR_WatchDog.exe related errors

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

part of CheckPoint's SecureRemote/Secure Client VPN solution
  megz   (further information)
seems to belong to the secure client for checkpoint firewalls
  peter widezky  
it loops on my pc, and I can't kill it
  Sten Selberg Hansen  
uses 99% of processor time when using outlook email
  Roland Smith  
SR_Watchdog is used by Checkpoint Software for VPN services. It stays running in the background and when it detects a network connection, it will attempt to establish a connection to your VPN for you.
  sil   (further information)
This is the Checkpoint VPN security tool to keep the VPN connection secure.
uses 99% of processor time when using outlook email
  Nick B  
it chews up my processing power as it bludgeons its way through Bloat-look
It loads with my Licensed Checkpoint VPN Client. It is a firewall.
  Patrick Bella  
Part of checkpoint SecuRemote client vpn. To stop it stop the CheckPoint SecurRemote service
belongs to SecuRemote by Checkpoint
Always running when SecureClient or SecureRemote is running
  Andreas Nordstrand  
Part of Checkpoint VPN software
It is part of check point VPN, just look for teh yellow key, right click and select stop and it will disapear
  Felipe Saavedra  
Despite Checkpoint being OPSEC partners with Symantec this process still triggers the Tamper Protection feature in Symantec Anti-Virus 10+
  IT Manager  
It's installed by VPN secure client, the name is strange but there is no risk
  Abderrafia Lamrani Alaoui  
Checkpoint Software No Risk
. Process remains resident when stopping SecureClient. via system tray icon.
part of CheckPoint's SecureRemote/Secure Client VPN solution
  Adrian Dain  
Even after I delete checkpoint, it still runs in the background. I kill the process, and try to delete it, and windows says the it's still running. Eats my bandwidth and processing power when it's running. Not a virus, just a nuisance.
It installs with checkpoint, but even when checkpoint isn't running, it causes slows my computer and internet connection. I run a 2ghz pentium with 100mb dsl connection. Even when I kill the process, it says it's still running and won't let me delete the program.
i have a vpn software, i stop the vpn and the process sr_watchdog.exe don't stop ┬┐what is this process? a virus? spyware?
Its installed with Checkpoint securemote. When the computer is idle this program scans folders. I detect it with Filemon.exe. I think its a kind of spyware.
Even if turn off Checkpoint , have to kill service to stop it effecting machine when outlook open
  J Jones  
Instructions for "neutralising" this service are posted on the CheckPoint website. It is benign, but does use system resources that are better devoted to doing productive work. It can be manually run when required.
Service running along with Checkpoint VPN client (kind of firewall). Absolutely not dangerous, but very cpu-hungry. Better stop it when you don't need VPN connection
  Fabio A.  
belongs to the Check Point VPN-1 SecureClient

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of SR_WatchDog.exe: based on 36 votes with 27 user comments. 20 users think SR_WatchDog.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 5 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 7 users suspect danger. 3 users think SR_WatchDog.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving SR_WatchDog issues

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