What is uWDF.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 uWDF.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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UWDF.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with uWDF
UWDF.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Windows User-Mode Driver Framework belongs to software Microsoft Windows Operating System by Microsoft (

Description: UWDF.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. UWDF.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 47,104 bytes (92% of all occurrences) or 46,592 bytes. 
The program has no visible window. The uWDF.exe file is not a Windows core file. The uWDF.exe file is a Microsoft signed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 20% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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

Latest cwshredder from Trend Micro reported mine as contaminated. On Fix it went to the recycle bin. Restored it, ran cwshredder and it was ok.
cwshredder id's it as virus
Appears when using WMP10 and encoding is taking place
it just showed up out of the blue in windows task manager what the hack is it ?
only that when it displays as a process in my task manager, my system grinds to a halt until I stop the process
  Alan O'Rourke  
this when being on my system wouldnt let me open my computer was hanging up my system.
uwdf.exe and alg.exe seem to be the problem processes I always get not too long after reinstalling xp home. So either my web browsing attracts these two, or it's a program that I install every time that holds these .exe's in the bundle. I always install kmplayer - zoom player - windows media10 - winrar - utorrent - unlocker - firefox - irfanview . I always reinstall XP home and have for over 5 years and always end up with these two processes causing explorer windows to take FOREVER to load. ALWAYS DELETE these .exe's,... I have never had a problem from deleting them.

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of uWDF.exe: based on 11 votes with 8 user comments. 2 users think it's probably harmless. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 5 users suspect danger. 2 users think uWDF.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 2 users don't grade uWDF.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving uWDF issues

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