What is UIWatcher.exe?

The genuine UIWatcher.exe file is a software component of Ashampoo UnInstaller Platinum by Ashampoo.
UIWatcher.exe is an executable file that is part of UnInstaller Platinum, an uninstaller that removes unneeded programs from the computer. This process runs the Helper file for the program. This is not an essential process for Windows and can be disabled if known to create problems. Ashampoo UnInstaller Platinum is a program that is designed for the Windows platform that completely removes unneeded programs when they need to be uninstalled. The program features a Start Menu entries cleaner, Drag & Drop Desktop uninstaller, enhanced installer identification, Windows Services Manager, Multi Uninstaller, and Internet Explorer Add-Ons Manager. Ashampoo GmbH & Co. KG is a German company that designs, develops and distributes software products for the Windows operating system. The company is well known for its flagship product, Ashampoo WinOptimizer, as well as the burning program, Ashampoo Burning Studio, photo editing software, Ashampoo Photo Commander, and the screen capture program, Ashampoo Snap. The company was founded in 1999 by Rolf Hilchner and is currently based in Oldenburg, Germany.

UIWatcher stands for Ashampoo UnInstaller Watcher

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 UIWatcher.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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UIWatcher.exe file information

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

The process known as UnInstaller Watcher or ashampoo UnInstaller Watcher belongs to software ashampoo UnInstaller Watcher or Ashampoo UnInstaller by ashampoo GmbH & Co. KG (

Description: UIWatcher.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. UIWatcher.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,741,168 bytes (11% of all occurrences), 1,436,160 bytes and 7 more variants. 
There is an icon for this program on the taskbar next to the clock. It is not a Windows system file. UIWatcher.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 17% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You can uninstall Ashampoo UnInstaller or Ashampoo UnInstaller Platinum 2, update it, or get help from the software vendor. Click on to update it, click on for support, or click on Ashampoo UnInstaller or Ashampoo UnInstaller Platinum 2 in Windows Control Panel (Software or Programs category) to uninstall it.

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External information from Paul Collins:

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

Ashampoo Uninstaller (no problem)
  Pascal   (further information)
No problem, it's a good guy
I can not get rid of it from my registery
Itmust be from an older version of Ashampoo Uninstaller. I have upgraded my version,and the program keeps starting uiwatcher, but the file no longer exists. gulis_4711

Summary: Average user rating of UIWatcher.exe: based on 3 votes with 4 user comments. 2 users think UIWatcher.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user suspects danger. 2 users don't grade UIWatcher.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving UIWatcher issues

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

Other processes

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