What is vw.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 vw.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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Vw.exe file information

The process belongs to software Festart Dictionary (version v327 BASIC) or MetaProducts Visual Workshop by MetaProducts (

Description: Vw.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Vw.exe is located in a not clearly defined folder. The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 0 bytes. 
This .dll file is a Browser Helper Object (BHO) that runs automatically every time you start your web browser. BHOs are not stopped by personal firewalls, because they are identified by the firewall as part of the browser itself. BHOs are often used by adware and spyware. IDs used by this BHO include 0D4C7057-EAD2-44C6-AD18-9092905F28F1 or 6754A456-BAD9-11D4-93D3-00B0D03A2F91 or 1C31FF18-DBA7-4201-8504-5C76AEDB0A45 or D8CF3F46-5F26-45A6-85D2-AC342D9D8676 or 24180B00-2EB6-11d7-BD6F-004854603DCE. Note: File does not exist any longer. The program has no visible window. The file is able to change the behavior of, or monitor Internet Explorer. There is no detailed description of this service. Vw.exe is not a Windows system file. There is no file information. Therefore the technical security rating is 66% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: You could uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a ProgramFestart Dictionary v327 BASIC.

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


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Best practices for resolving vw issues

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