What is ws.exe?

The genuine ws.exe file is a software component of WIDEsystem Application by Contex.
Ws.exe is the main process behind the functioning of the WIDEsystem program. The WIDEsystem program integrates wide format scanners with the overall system. WIDEsystem contains all the drivers necessary to run a wide format scanner. It is also used to monitor and control the functionality of the wide format scanner. Contex is the world's largest developer and producer of large format imaging solutions. Contex was founded in 1923 and manufactured printing machines, mechanical and electronic calculators and electrostatic copiers, which were distributed and sold worldwide under the Rex-Rotary and Gestetner brand names.

WS stands for WIDE System Application

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 ws.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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Ws.exe file information

The process known as PDF Architect (version 2) or ws belongs to software Win Spybox (version 2009) or PDF Architect (version 2 View Module) by pdfforge GmbH or WT Software.

Description: Ws.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The ws.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 2,417,376 bytes (50% of all occurrences), 2,073,040 bytes, 1,771,560 bytes or 2,263,840 bytes. 
The ws.exe file is not a Windows system file. The program has no visible window. It is digitally signed. The application can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. Ws.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 26% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: If problems with PDF Architect 4 Create Module or Soda PDF 8 View Module occur, you can also completely remove it (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

Recommended: Identify ws.exe related errors

If ws.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows\System32, the security rating is 74% dangerous. The file size is 526,848 bytes. There is no information about the author of the file. The program has no visible window. Ws.exe is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. The application starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Run). The file is not a Windows system file. ws.exe appears to be a compressed file.

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as ws.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder, for example Trojan:Win32/Malat (detected by Microsoft), and Adware.Gen (detected by Symantec). Therefore, you should check the ws.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 ws issues

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