What is GirafficWatchdog.exe?

The genuine GirafficWatchdog.exe file is a software component of Giraffic Video Accelerator by Giraffic.
GirafficWatchdog.exe is an executable file that runs the Giraffic Video Accelerator, a client-side software program that increases a user's Internet experience by overcoming bottlenecks while downloading and uploading data. This file is not a critical Windows component and should be removed if known to cause problems. Giraffic was developed to overcome certain weak links in Internet's content delivery system and enabling Internet streaming to be done at broadcast speeds. The technology provides video in higher resolutions while streaming content, better consistency in quality, and does not require any change to a user's existing Internet connection. Giraffic originally designed video acceleration technology to be used by Internet service providers to decrease data congestion, but also provides the technology for smartphones, phablets, tablets and laptops, smoothening out 3G/4G or Wi-Fi connection speeds. Giraffic also provides the technology to large scale video hosting sites such as MakoTV. The company was established in 2008 and currently owns offices in the US, Israel and Hong Kong.

GirafficWatchdog stands for Giraffic Video Accelerator Watchdog

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 GirafficWatchdog.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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GirafficWatchdog.exe file information

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

The process known as Giraffic Video Accelerator Watchdog belongs to software Giraffic Video Accelerator or Giraffic by Giraffic (

Description: GirafficWatchdog.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The GirafficWatchdog.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 2,211,984 bytes (42% of all occurrences), 2,245,232 bytes, 2,219,664 bytes, 2,238,096 bytes or 2,238,576 bytes. 
The program is not visible. The file has a digital signature. GirafficWatchdog.exe is not a Windows system file. The program uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. GirafficWatchdog.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 46% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: If problems with Giraffic Video Accelerator occur, you can do the following:
  1) uninstall it from your computer using the Control Panel applet Uninstall a Program
  2) search for help on the company's website.

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

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