What is xcpwdn.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 xcpwdn.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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Xcpwdn.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with xcpwdn
Xcpwdn.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Printer Status Watcher or Printer Status Watcher for (version x64) belongs to software Xerox PrintingScout by Xerox Co..

Description: Xcpwdn.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Xcpwdn.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 90,112 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 102,400 bytes or 110,660 bytes. 
The service can be started or stopped from Services in the Control Panel or by other programs. The program has no visible window. The file is not a Windows core file. There is no detailed description of this service. The program uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. Therefore the technical security rating is 53% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: If you encounter difficulties with xcpwdn.exe, you can uninstall Xerox PrintingScout 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 xcpwdn.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the xcpwdn.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 xcpwdn issues

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