What is wmdc.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 wmdc.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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Wmdc.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with wmdc
Wmdc.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Windows Mobile Device Center or Windows Mobile-Gerätecenter belongs to software Microsoft Windows Mobile Device Center by Microsoft (

Description: The original wmdc.exe from Microsoft is an important part of Windows, but often causes problems. Wmdc.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 660,360 bytes (43% of all occurrences), 648,072 bytes or 563,080 bytes. 
The file has a digital signature. The file is not a Windows core file. The program has no visible window. The application can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. The software is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Run). It is a Microsoft signed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 7% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: The software vendor offers the option to do the following:

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Viruses with the same file name

Is wmdc.exe a virus? No, it is not. The true wmdc.exe file is a safe Microsoft Windows system process, called "Windows Mobile Device Center". However, writers of malware programs, such as viruses, worms, and Trojans deliberately give their processes the same file name to escape detection. Viruses with the same file name are for instance Mal/Generic-S (detected by Sophos), and Artemis!7B3967D499EE (detected by McAfee).
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How to recognize suspicious variants? If wmdc.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows\System32, the security rating is 80% dangerous. The file size is 5,342,757 bytes. There is no file information. It is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The program has no visible window. The software is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Run). The file is not a Windows system file.

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

wmdc.exe - This is the Windows Mobile Device Center from Microsoft.
Kann deaktiviert werden, wenn man KEIN Gerät synchronisieren muss, dass Windows Mobile 6.5 oder älter enthält. Windows Mobile 7 oder neuer verwendet zur Synchronisation Hotmail via Browser
  Tom   (further information)
Unter Windows 7 Installiert sich das Windows Mobile Device Center über Windows Update, sofern einmal ein gerät angeschlossen wurde welches dieses Benötigt. Die WMDC.exe dient dann lediglich dafür die Synchonisierungssoftware zu starten, falls ein entsprechendes gerät erkannt wird.

Summary: Average user rating of wmdc.exe: based on 4 votes with 3 user comments. 2 users think wmdc.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving wmdc issues

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