What is WDDMStatus.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 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.

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

WDDMStatus.exe file information

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

The process known as WD Drive Manager Status or WD Quick View or WD Drive Manager or WD SmartWare belongs to software WD SmartWare or WD SmartWare Drive Manager by Western Digital Technologies ( or WDC ( or Western Digital (

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 10/8/7/XP are 4,236,288 bytes (12% of all occurrences), 5,564,784 bytes and 18 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. The software is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, MACHINE\User Shell Folders). WDDMStatus.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs, monitor applications and connect to the Internet. Therefore the technical security rating is 19% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You might want to uninstall WD SmartWare or WD Quick View software via Windows Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 10/8/7), look for help on the [1][2] website or update [1][2] to a possibly bug-fixed version.

Recommended: Identify WDDMStatus.exe related errors

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.


User Comments

My My backup program that came with my WD 3TB Hard drive
  Justin Schubert  

Summary: Average user rating of WDDMStatus.exe: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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

Best practices for resolving WDDMStatus issues

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 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 WDDMStatus.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

WDDMStatus.exe [all]