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What is WDFME.exe?

WDFME.exe is a executable file (a program) within Windows. The filename extension .exe denotes an executable file. You should only run executable files from publishers you trust, because executable files can potentially change your computer settings or harm your computer. The free file information forum can help you determine if WDFME.exe is a virus, trojan, spyware, or adware that you can remove, or a file belonging to a Windows system or to an application you can trust.

WDFME.exe file information

The process known as WD File Management Engine belongs to software WD SmartWare or WD File Management Engine by Western Digital (www.wdc.com) or Western Digital Technologies (www.wdc.com).

Description: WDFME.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file WDFME.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 7/XP are 1,034,752 bytes (30% of all occurrences), 1,060,352 bytes and 7 more variants. http://www.file.net/process/wdfme.exe.html 
The program has no file description. The program is not visible. The file is not a Windows core file. You can uninstall this program in the control panel. Therefore the technical security rating is 27% dangerous, however also read the users reviews.
It is possible to do the following:

  • visit the www.support.wdc.com website
  • verify that you have installed the latest version
  • uninstall WD SmartWare from your computer using the Control Panel applet "Add/Remove programs"

Recommended: Identify WDFME.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as WDFME.exe, particularly when located in the c:\windows or c:\windows\system32 folder. Therefore, you should check the WDFME.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

It slows the computer down
WDFME is for USB 3.0 and compatible with 2.0; older computers have only USB 1.0
It cause locks and resource hogging due to software faults. It is western digitals backup utility.
  Tom   (further information)
Causes high usage of CPU and memory hence the fan noise on my Sony Vaio S Series was too high, when I ended the process the fan noise disappeared, highly recommended action. turn it on again when you need to do your backup using WD SmartWare
It consumes more process power than it's worth
max CPU usage - deleted
The WD Forums have many complaints about massive CPU usage by WDFME. I found this app. while searching for solutions.
  chrisdollman   (further information)
Slows the computer badly when using SolidWorks CAD, stopping program has speeded up the computer dramatically.
  Terry Weston  
slows down system
  Mariano   (further information)
Fills memory
The file slows down computer and eats 85% of memory for no reason.

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of WDFME.exe: based on 13 votes with 11 user comments.
2 users think WDFME.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 9 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. 3 users don't grade WDFME.exe ("not sure about it").

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