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How to eliminate GEARAspiWDM driver problems

The GEARAspiWDM.sys (CD DVD Filter) file is a Windows driver. Generally, drivers are used by Windows to enable internal components like graphic cards and drives, or external devices, such as printers, backup media or input devices.
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The GEARAspiWDM.sys process is also known as CD DVD Filter or, as the case may be, CD/DVD Class Filter Driver and is a part of iTunes or, as the case may be, GEAR.wrks. This software is produced by GEAR Software (www.gearsoftware.com). An obsolete or defective version of GEARAspiWDM.sys 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 GEARAspiWDM.sys CD DVD Filter

GEARAspiWDM.sys is not a Windows system file and is known to frequently cause computer problems. GEARAspiWDM.sys is found in the C:\Windows\System32\drivers directory. Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 15,664 bytes (28% of all these files), 26,600 bytes as well as 9 other variants.
If necessary, you can manually stop or start this driver in the Device Manager. The Device Manager can be found in Windows Control Panel under Hardware and Sound/Devices and Printers/Device Manager. The driver facilitates access to your computer's hardware and accessories. The program executes in the background, and can only be terminated using Windows Task Manager. The original file has a digital certificate (see its file properties). The GEARAspiWDM file is not part of the Windows operating system. The original file is digitally signed. Check your file. There is no concrete documentation available for this service. You can use Windows Control Panel (Programs icon) to completely remove the software. The original file was created by Microsoft. The file itself can therefore be considered trustworthy. GEARAspiWDM.sys appears to be a file that was compressed by an EXE-Packer. This technique is often used by trojans to keep the file size small and also hamper debugging efforts. However, this in itself is not sufficient reason to presume malicious intent, since even well-intentioned, professional software producers take advantage of compressed files. For this reason, 7% 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 GEARAspiWDM.sys. 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 GEARAspiWDM?

apple file for itunes
Pretty much jacked up my cd-rom drives, not sure exactly how though. Seemed to coincide with the installation of Ad-Aware or some type of "worm" my McAfee VS caught and deleted. Kept getting error code 41 for my cd-rom drives after that and was unable to use either of them. Click on the link for the fix, you will have to modify a registry entry. *Edit* Upon further investigation, I found it may be linked to the installation of DVD X Copy as well. (further information...)
beamy
seems to be part of iTunes
derton
"How to remove" article in Gear Knowledgebase - seems to be needed BUT also seems to be left behind sometimes after uninstalling the application that uses it (such as itunes in my case). see link for driver remover utility (further information...)
David Schulz
This cd/dvd driver is installed by iTunes as well as other software - see link for explanation (further information...)
David Schulz

Summary: 20 users judge GEARAspiWDM.sys to be an essential file that should not be touched. 10 users consider it harmless. However, 12 users consider this to be a suspicious process and would like to get rid of it. For this reason, 7 users have already deleted GEARAspiWDM.sys. source: file.net

How to uninstall iTunes or GEAR.wrks

GEARAspiWDM.sys CD DVD Filter fix

To remove CD DVD Filter from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.

  1. Click the Windows Start Button. In Windows 8, look for Control Panel.
  2. Click Control Panel.
  3. Click Uninstall a program.
  4. Look for iTunes or GEAR.wrks in the list of available programs.
  5. Click Uninstall.

How to tell if GEARAspiWDM.sys (CD DVD Filter) 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 CD DVD Filter. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for CD DVD Filter 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 GEARAspiWDM.sys 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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