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 WDDMStatus.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 WD Drive Manager Status or WD Drive Manager or WD Quick View or WD SmartWare belongs to software WD SmartWare or WD SmartWare Drive Manager by Western Digital Technologies (www.wdc.com) or WDC (www.wdc.com) or Western Digital (www.wdc.com).
Description: WDDMStatus.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. WDDMStatus.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files".
Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/XP are 5,236,664 bytes (13% of all occurrences), 3,998,616 bytes and 10 more variants.
You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. The WDDMStatus.exe file is not a Windows core file. WDDMStatus.exe is a Verisign signed file. The WDDMStatus.exe file is certified by a trustworthy company. The program has no visible window. WDDMStatus.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 16% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.
You might want to uninstall WD SmartWare or WD SmartWare Drive Manager software via Windows Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 8/7/Vista), look for help on the www.support.wdc.com website or update to a possibly bug-fixed version.
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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as WDDMStatus.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the WDDMStatus.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 WDDMStatus. 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 doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, 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 WDDMStatus.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.