What is WDDriveAutoUnlock.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 WDDriveAutoUnlock.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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WDDriveAutoUnlock.exe file information

The process known as WD Drive Auto Unlock belongs to software WD Security or WD Drive Utilities by Western Digital Technologies ( or Western Digital (

Description: WDDriveAutoUnlock.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The WDDriveAutoUnlock.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,761,120 bytes (50% of all occurrences), 1,688,008 bytes, 1,694,048 bytes, 1,694,072 bytes or 1,687,968 bytes. 
The program has no visible window. It is a Verisign signed file. The file has a digital signature. The WDDriveAutoUnlock.exe file is not a Windows core file. The process is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The software can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. WDDriveAutoUnlock.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 23% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: If you experience any issues with installation of WDDriveAutoUnlock.exe, you could also uninstall WD Security or WD Drive Utilities software via Windows Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 10/8/7), consult WDC’s Customer Service or find out if there is a newer version available.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as WDDriveAutoUnlock.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the WDDriveAutoUnlock.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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Best practices for resolving WDDriveAutoUnlock issues

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

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