What does the dw20.exe file do?
The dw20.exe process is also known as Microsoft .NET Error Reporting Shim or, as the case may be, Microsoft Application Error Reporting and is a part of Microsoft .NET Framework or, as the case may be, Microsoft Application Error Reporting. This software is produced by Microsoft (www.microsoft.com). An obsolete or defective version of dw20.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- Microsoft .NET Error Reporting Shim has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- Microsoft .NET Error Reporting Shim has stopped working. A problem caused the program to stop working correctly. Windows will close the program and notify you if a solution is available. (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- dw20.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close.
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module dw20.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about dw20.exe Microsoft .NET Error Reporting Shim
The original dw20.exe file is definitely a Windows system file, but many viruses use the same name in order to remain unnoticed. The file dw20.exe is found in a subdirectory of C:\Windows.
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 33,936 bytes (33% of all these files), 42,824 bytes or, as the case may be, 43,664 bytes.
The dw20 file is part of the operating system. The original file was created by Microsoft. The file itself can therefore be considered trustworthy. The original file has been signed by a trusted signature authority. This lets you check your copy to see if it is a counterfeit. Dw20.exe is capable of supervise programs. For this reason, 0% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.
A dw20.exe file has a 34% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files\Public Documents". In this case, the file size is usually 813,960 bytes (50% of all these files) or, as the case may be, 814,464 bytes.
The original file has a digital certificate (see its file properties). The dw20 file is not part of the Windows operating system.
Dw20.exe is capable of supervise programs as well as modify other Windows tasks.
If you see this file on your hard drive or in Windows Task Manager, please make sure that it is not a malicious variant. It's a fact that many trojans try to cloak their true identity by calling themselves dw20.exe. With the above information or by using tools like Security Task Manager you can determine if, in your case, the file is an undesirable variant.
What do other computer users say about dw20?
|dw20.exe is the Application Error Reporting client included with Microsoft Office 2003, a tool that collects information automatically whenever an Office application crashes and allows users to send a report directly to Microsoft. Microsoft uses the data to address problems and enhance future versions of the applications. This tool is an essential process and should not be removed. (further information...) |
|Eror reportig or Office 2003, Nothing more. It is not an essential part of office - just feedback for MS io crash information. They do not even need it anymore as the suite is 10 years old. |
Summary: One user judges dw20.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. One user considers it harmless. However, one user considers this to be a suspicious process and would like to get rid of it. For this reason, one user has already deleted dw20.exe. source: file.net
How to uninstall Microsoft .NET Framework or Microsoft Application Error Reporting
To remove Microsoft .NET Error Reporting Shim from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.
- Click the Windows Start Button. You find it in the lower left corner of the taskbar.
- Type the word uninstall.
- Click Add or remove programs.
- Now locate Microsoft .NET Framework or Microsoft Application Error Reporting in the list of displayed applications.
- Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
How to tell if dw20.exe (Microsoft .NET Error Reporting Shim) was uninstalled cleanly
After uninstalling, restart your computer. Then start Windows Explorer and see if there is still a folder with the name of the software under C:\Program Files. Be sure to check the Registry as well for remnants of Microsoft .NET Error Reporting Shim. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for Microsoft .NET Error Reporting Shim or the name of the producer. Always keep in mind that only a computer professional should ever directly delete entries in the Windows Registry.
What to do if a program does not uninstall
The easiest way to remove any kind of software cleanly and accurately is to use an uninstaller tool. Because the uninstaller automatically creates a backup, there is no risk of anything going wrong.
Last but not least
If Windows not working quite right for you, or if startup is taking a long time, or dw20.exe is causing problems for you, a good Windows diagnostic tool may very well help. This is especially effective when it comes to older computers that have accumulated vast quantities of "garbage data" as the result of many software installs and uninstalls.