What is WATCH.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 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.

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WATCH.exe file information

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

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 ( or France Télécom R&D (

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.

Uninstalling this variant: You can completely remove Neostrada TP or Navigateur Orange (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

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External information from Paul Collins:
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.


User Comments

connection french internet
Its a monitoring file for Mustek video cameras.
it seems to be a part of the mustek digital camera. The camera still works with watch.exe not running.
it's the part of Collins Dictionary
general part of Mustek-Drivers (cameras&scanners)
Used by scanner to watch for the scanner lid opening for auto-action
  Sian Cooper  
in my system - it is Collins Dictionary file
This file comes with Neostada T.P (adsl modem)
A part of collins dictionary
it is for a mustek scanner, but is impossible to uninstall once the scanner's gone
  Kerry White  
ActiveX control blocker for internet explorer. Good program for blocking activeX crap.
  Bernie   (further information)
Its a part of some TV card remote controlers also.
Mustek Scanner Driver Upon Startup
  James Lee   (further information)
I just installed MUSTEK 1248UB scanner and watch was installed with it. although the scanner is manual and does not have lid sensor.
  Dale Edgar (aka Geldrith)  
Used for Spideroak
mustek application part

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of WATCH.exe: based on 17 votes with 16 user comments. 10 users think WATCH.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. 4 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. 2 users don't grade WATCH.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving WATCH issues

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 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 WATCH.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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