What is sw20.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 sw20.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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Sw20.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with sw20
Sw20.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as sw20 MFC Application belongs to software sw20 Application by unknown.

Description: Sw20.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Sw20.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 208,896 bytes (82% of all occurrences), 200,704 bytes, 212,992 bytes or 118,784 bytes. 
The program has a visible window. There is no information about the author of the file. The software starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). It is not a Windows system file. Sw20.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 26% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Recommended: Identify sw20.exe related errors

Important: Some malware disguises itself as sw20.exe, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the sw20.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

Started after installing MSI nVidia drivers. Once you reboot, the installation will attempt to install two components, SW20.EXE and SW24.EXE. These executable files are the MSI D.O.T components.
  Michael Phillips   (further information)
From MSI Video cards installation
I do not know what it does but it appears to be from a driver update from MSI for my graphics card. I did a search from the Start button and it came up with two locations on my C drive. Both were the same size and date. One was in the System 32 folder and the other in the NVidia (MSI version) folder. I also have another file named sw24 that seems also to be from the MSI driver update.
  Tim James  
it is together with sw24.exe on mc pc
sw20.exe and sw24.exe are components from MSI's video card drivers, which creates new tabs in Display Properties: "MSI Information" and "MSI Clock."
  Cesar Ocasio   (further information)
this was installed as part of NVIDIA v.7772 (MSI version) graphic card driver along with winsys.exe, all auto downloaded by MSI LiveUpdate3
  Kevin   (further information)
Installed By Roxio v8 - Registry
  Patrick May  
MSI nVidia (video) drivers. D.O.T - Dynamic Overclocking Technology
  Ron Ray   (further information)
MSI NVidia graphic card driver
sw20.exe and sw24.exe are files installed by MSI video cards using nvidia chipsets. They enable D.O.T. for the video card.
  N. Menard   (further information)
sw20.exe and sw24.exe are required components for Dynamic Overclocking Technology with MSI video cards.
  Jeff   (further information)
Overclocking in NVIDIA Forceware
  Henrik   (further information)
Related to MSI’s Dynamic Overclocking Technology  
It came with my Nvidia driver package. Not dangerous as far as I can see.
  Brian Lee  
they are MSI video driver components, google MSI D.O.T. for more info. "Installation is simple, just run the setup with the MSI driver. It will install the driver normally and then you can reboot. Once you reboot, the installation will attempt to install two components, SW20.EXE and SW24.EXE. These executable files are the MSI D.O.T components."
  richard ericksen   (further information)
part of msi video card
it keept calling for random .dll files until sw20 and sw24 were removed
it isnt dangerous
sw20.exe and sw24. exe are overclocking utilitties, its install with some msi graphic card drivers and they are not dangerous, what i know.
It's part of the MSI nVidia driver interface, unfortunately it is difficult to uninstall
  Bob Jefferson  
Confirm that this is from MSI NVida Install
It belongs to the MSI NVidia Drivers
Tune UP Utilities states very dangerous
  Greg M.  
its actually no good and no bad app. you can remove with the tuneup 2007 at windows startup so it wont take recourses
  Mr. Anderson  
In my MSi NVIDIA card there are these files... It uses about 2k of memory when running...
  Jacson Blum  
it's a component of msi graphic card , not dangeorus!!!!!
  CrazyWire   (further information)
its a msi video card file
  Hassan Hamid  
Related to MSI’s Dynamic Overclocking Technology
MSI overclock
MSI graphics card utilities does not unistall with the unistall package as it appears to be third party software, just go to windows\system32 and physically remove them and in the registry along with msconfig
i deleted some games, result - sw24 and sw20 appeared, i think it is damgerous
It supports MSI's Dynamic Overclocking Technology that allows the motherboard to adjust CPU speed based on load, etc.
  Jon K  
Works with MSI -Tis safe-
  mOnKey sPanKer  

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of sw20.exe: based on 34 votes with 33 user comments. 13 users think sw20.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 3 users think it's probably harmless. 15 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users suspect danger. One user thinks sw20.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it. 9 users don't grade sw20.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving sw20 issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with sw20. 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 sw20.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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