What is WDSC.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 WDSC.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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WDSC.exe file information

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

The process known as WD Shadow Copy belongs to software WD Shadow Copy Service by Western Digital Technologies (

Description: WDSC.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. WDSC.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 491,920 bytes (30% of all occurrences), 484,352 bytes and 4 more variants. 
The program is not visible. WDSC.exe is not a Windows system file. The program can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. The file is a file with no information about its developer. Therefore the technical security rating is 29% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: In case of problems with WDSC.exe, you can also visit the website, update to a possibly corrected version or uninstall WD SmartWare from your computer using the Control Panel applet Uninstall a Program.

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

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

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