How to remove an watchdog error
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Watchdog.exe file information
The process known as kwatchdog Application or WatchDog Parental Controls
belongs to software mobile PhoneTools or KACE Management Appliance or Palace Uninstall or RegRun Security Suite Standard or Manga Studio ShadeExporter or RegRun Security Suite Platinum or RegRun Security Suite Gold or JustAddPromotion
by Greatis Software (www.greatis.com) or Dell (www.dell.com) or CQL Incorporated http://watchdogpc.com.
Description: watchdog.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of C:\ or in a subfolder of the "My Files" folder.
Known file sizes on Windows 7/XP are 36,864 bytes (96% of all occurrences), 338,432 bytes and 11 more variants.
Watchdog.exe is not a Windows core file. There is no description of the program. The program is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders). The program has no visible window. watchdog.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 61% dangerous, however also read the users reviews.
If you encounter difficulties with watchdog.exe, you may want to uninstall the associated program
Recommended: Identify watchdog.exe related errors
If watchdog.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Documents and Settings", the security rating is 42% dangerous. The file size is 85,504 bytes. The program has no visible window. Watchdog.exe is not a Windows system file. watchdog.exe is able to monitor applications.
If watchdog.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows\System32, the security rating is 52% dangerous. The file size is 86,016 bytes. Watchdog.exe is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. The program is not visible. It is not a Windows system file.
External information from Paul Collins:
There are different files with the same name:
- "Regrun2" must run at start up. Greatis Software's RegRun 3 Security Suite which amongst other things replaces MSCONFIG. The WatchDog check for registry changes caused by trojan's, viruses, etc
- "Watch Dog Program" is not required to run at start up. For Compaq PC's. Associated with Compaq's internet services. Not required if you don't use services provided by them and may not be required even if you do
- "Watchdog" is not required to run at start up. Definitely part of the Mustek scanner drivers and software (for 600 III EP Plus and maybe others), launches from the Startup folder in the Start Menu, but not required as they give instructions on removing it on their webpage
- "WatchDog": Part of Motorola "Mobile Phone Tools" v3 - in a "Mobiile Phone Tools" sub-directory of Program Files
Important: Some malware camouflages itself as watchdog.exe, particularly when located in the c:\windows or c:\windows\system32 folder. Therefore, you should check the watchdog.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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