What is watchPnp.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 watchPnp.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.

Click to Run a Free Scan for watchPnp.exe related errors

WatchPnp.exe file information

The file does not contain any references to the programmer responsible for the watchPnp.exe process. For that reason, we are unable to identify the software associated with it.

Description: WatchPnp.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. WatchPnp.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 32,768 bytes (77% of all occurrences) or 36,867 bytes. 
The program has a visible window. There is no information about the author of the file. The application starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The file is not a Windows system file. Therefore the technical security rating is 37% dangerous.

Recommended: Identify watchPnp.exe related errors

Important: Some malware disguises itself as watchPnp.exe, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the watchPnp.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

One user thinks watchPnp.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application.

Do you have additional information? Help other users!
What do you know about watchPnp.exe:
How would you rate it:
Link for more info:
Your Name:

Best practices for resolving watchPnp issues

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

Other processes

watchPnp.exe [all]