What is winwd.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 winwd.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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Winwd.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with winwd
Winwd.exe process in Windows Task Manager

winwd.exe does not provide any particulars about the software with which the process was installed, nor is the developer identified within the file.

Description: Winwd.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file winwd.exe is located in the C:\Windows folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 26,624 bytes (74% of all occurrences), 31,232 bytes, 27,648 bytes, 96,256 bytes or 34,328 bytes. 
There is no file information. The software starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The file is not a Windows core file. The program is not visible. It is an unknown file in the Windows folder. Winwd.exe is able to hide itself. Therefore the technical security rating is 78% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as winwd.exe. Therefore, you should check the winwd.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

Tropical Software - PC Security
  Matty   (further information)
it is process which cant kill & slow sys speed
winwd.exe on my pc starts up PC Security software
  T-one   (further information)
its slows down PC
Normally A Windows File. When Not in Windows Directory (ex:- C:\windows) then it may be a virus. Its A Normal Process It Does Not Affect The Speed.
  Bhanu Pratap Singh, India  
Think that its possible that occurs ┬┤cose Pc Security
  Charlie F   (further information)
It's.............. "PC SECURITY"
  Manoj vg   (further information)
winwd.exe was picked up as a virus/worm by avast! Anti-Virus.
Installation of the file winwd.exe can be done by executing the installer program which will place the winwd.exe file in the default installation directory under the folder C:/Windows/with a corresponding registry key under
  vinothraja   (further information)
open msconfig and see in Startup Tab SWd winwd.exe is located in c:\windows\winwd.exe Unknown manufacturer If you are facing an error like a console window appears and disappears very fast continuously on your system startup. Then Just Stop SWd by unchecking the checkbox in front of it. and Restart the system.
  Manoj Niwariya  

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of winwd.exe: based on 10 votes with 10 user comments. 3 users think winwd.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users suspect danger. One user thinks winwd.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it. 2 users don't grade winwd.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving winwd issues

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