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 watch.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.
The process known as Watch Dog or Watch Service or Watch MFC Application or Surveillance des modifications or Syslog Daemon
belongs to software NVMS5 Standard Edition or Watch Application or Diva Assistant or Mustek 1248UB or Watch Dog or Kit de Connexion et de Services or Mustek 1200 UB PLUS
by Common Group or Eicon Networks (www.eicon.com) or France Télécom R&D (www.francetelecom.com).
Description: Watch.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The watch.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files".
Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 20,480 bytes (46% of all occurrences), 176,640 bytes and 7 more variants.
The file is not a Windows system file. The program has no visible window. The program starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, MACHINE\User Shell Folders, win.ini, User Shell Folders). Watch.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and connect to the Internet. Therefore the technical security rating is 47% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.
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If watch.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\, the security rating is 64% dangerous. The file size is 48,576 bytes (71% of all occurrences), 393,216 bytes or 380,928 bytes. The program is not visible. The process starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, MACHINE\User Shell Folders, win.ini, User Shell Folders). It is not a Windows core file. The program has no file description. Watch.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs.
If watch.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows, the security rating is 24% dangerous. The file size is 356,352 bytes (66% of all occurrences), 379,904 bytes or 187,904 bytes. The file is not a Windows core file. You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. Watch.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs.
If watch.exe is located in the "C:\Program Files" folder, the security rating is 70% dangerous. The file size is 48,576 bytes.
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There are different files with the same name:
Important: Some malware camouflages itself as watch.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the watch.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.
A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with watch. 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 watch.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.