What is WDSmartWare.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 WDSmartWare.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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WDSmartWare.exe file information

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

The process known as WD SmartWare belongs to software WD SmartWare by Western Digital (

Description: WDSmartWare.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. WDSmartWare.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 8,919,040 bytes (37% of all occurrences), 9,117,504 bytes, 9,136,960 bytes or 9,085,760 bytes. 
The program is not visible. The program starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\User Shell Folders). The WDSmartWare.exe file is not a Windows system file. The software can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. The WDSmartWare.exe file is certified by a trustworthy company. Therefore the technical security rating is 25% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: If you run into problems with WDSmartWare.exe, you can also visit the support page, update the program to the latest version or uninstall WD SmartWare software via Windows Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 10/8/7).

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

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