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What does the dwtrig20.exe file do?

The dwtrig20.exe process is also known as Watson Subscriber for SENS Network Notifications and is a part of Watson Subscriber for SENS Network 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 dwtrig20.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:

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What you should know about dwtrig20.exe Watson Subscriber

dwtrig20.exe is not a Windows system file and is known to frequently cause computer problems. Dwtrig20.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files\Public Documents". Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 434,080 bytes (35% of all these files), 437,160 bytes as well as 8 other variants.
The program appears as a window on the desktop. The dwtrig20 file is not part of the Windows operating system. The producer of the file is registered with a certificate authority. This confirms the genuineness of the file. When Windows starts, this process is automatically started at the same time (Registry: DEFAULT\Run, MACHINE\Run, Run). For this reason, 11% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.

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 dwtrig20.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 dwtrig20?

Part of a Service Pack for MS Office 2003 including Sharepoint, Project, Visio. Check link for full details. (further information...)
fairly certain this is a temp run command for office 2003 that is used when an office app is opened in safe mode. Usually due to a service being turned off
This is a legitimate file (not spy/malware) which sends error reporting information to Microsoft if a programme crashes. It will ask your perfmission before sending. Recommend leaving the file in place. (further information...)
Kevin Sangwell
installed with office 12 prerelease
Was added as startup process after I installed PhotoshopCS2. I DO NOT run Office2k3 - only OfficeXP. Not really needed if only reports on crashes.

Summary: 25 users judge dwtrig20.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. 9 users consider it harmless. However, 2 users consider this to be a suspicious process and would like to get rid of it. For this reason, 9 users have already deleted dwtrig20.exe. source: file.net

How to uninstall Watson Subscriber for SENS Network or Microsoft Application Error Reporting

To remove Watson Subscriber from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.

  1. Click the Windows Start Button. You find it in the lower left corner of the taskbar.
  2. Type the word uninstall.
  3. Click Add or remove programs.
  4. Now locate Watson Subscriber for SENS Network or Microsoft Application Error Reporting in the list of displayed applications.
  5. Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
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How to tell if dwtrig20.exe (Watson Subscriber) 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 Watson Subscriber. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for Watson Subscriber 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 dwtrig20.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.

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