What is SwUSB.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 SwUSB.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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SwUSB.exe file information

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

The process known as Switch USB2.0/USB3.0 for WinXP (version SP2+ ~ Win8.1, SP2+ ~ Win8) belongs to software unknown by Realtek (

Description: SwUSB.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file SwUSB.exe is located in the C:\Windows folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 430,080 bytes (25% of all occurrences), 454,360 bytes and 8 more variants. 
There is no file information. It is not a Windows core file. The program has no visible window. The SwUSB.exe file is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. SwUSB.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 45% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: Some malware disguises itself as SwUSB.exe, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows folder. Therefore, you should check the SwUSB.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

Memory leaks are caused by runSW.exe which launches SwUSB.exe.
Since the above mentions is from Realtek, I can safely say this SwUSB.exe is part of RtWLan.exe or "REALTEK 11n USB Wireless LAN Utility" from the Alfa Network AWUS036NHRv2, it comes once you install the drivers for this WLAN Utility.
  Gabriel Velez Col√≥n   (further information)
Found this little gremling hiding in my Programs after installing a Driver Updater (Smart Driver Updater) that was not a legit copy (embarrassed smiley) I deleted it due to the fact it could be recording key strokes and other private data. I shall follow all of the tools instructions given here. Thanks so much Mark
  Mark Smith  
As of 9/10/2015 they seem to have fixed the memory leak but SwUSB.exe still has a bad handle leak. Use Task Manager to show handles (configure columns displayed) and watch for a minute.
all i know is that SwUSB prevents windows 10 from shut down at times as it cant end the process they need to find a fix for it!
  mickey mjnr  
I can confirm what Chris said: Memory leaks are caused by runSW.exe which launches SwUSB.exe. This couses huge memory leak in modified memory on WIN7, and when you kill runSW.exe, modified memory drops drasticly.
Came with my wifi adapter drivers.
I am unsure if this is related to the RunSW.log though it seems likely because that log includes the instances when SwUSB.exe was launched. This log on my system reached over 1.5 GB! In a roundabout way this can really mess up your system. Deleting the .log file had no negative effect but after only 1 day it is already up to 50 MB again.
  Chris C  
I installed D-LINK model DWA-182/RE wireless USB adapter on my gateway NV73 laptop on 12-04-2016, noticed the cursor blip/blue ring today, 12-05-2016, opened regedit, found the SwUsb.exe file using search,it was located in C:\Program Files and deleted it which solved my blink problem.Here is what it looked like in the registry,[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths\AirPlus.exe] "Path"="C:\\Program Files (x86)\\D-Link\\DWA-182" @="C:\\Program Files (x86)\\D-Link\\DWA-182\\AirPlus.exe" per using CCleaner. hope this info is useful.Note: it appears to assist the wifi adapter in using USB2 and USB3.i am not yet sure if my d-link still works because i removed it for other may be needed in Windows 8 but the Windows USB Drivers may be sufficient.
  Paul Lambert  
Launched by runSW.exe. Part of a software driver by Realtek for devices using USB. Allows for data to be transmitted along USB with less latency, which is required for networking. Automatically installed by Windows Update when your computer requires it.
  Alex V-P   (further information)
Causes probably freezings in Win7 and crashes in Win10 (less or equal memory error). Since deletion of swusb.exe and runsw.exe the Win7 runs faster and without freezings up to now (several days). The problems seems to be solved.

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Summary: Average user rating of SwUSB.exe: based on 10 votes with 11 user comments. 3 users think SwUSB.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 6 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving SwUSB issues

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