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What does the OpWareSE4.exe file do?

The OpWareSE4.exe process is also known as OCR Aware and is a part of ScanSoft OmniPage SE or, as the case may be, OmniPage Pro. This software is produced by ScanSoft (www.scansoft.com) or, as the case may be, Nuance Communications (www.nuance.com). An obsolete or defective version of OpWareSE4.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 OpWareSE4.exe OCR Aware

OpWareSE4.exe is not a Windows system file and is known to frequently cause computer problems. The file OpWareSE4.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes on C:\. Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 69,632 bytes (37% of all these files), 79,400 bytes as well as 5 other variants.
The OpWareSE4 file is not part of the Windows operating system. The program executes in the background, and can only be terminated using Windows Task Manager. This OpWareSE4 program is initiated as part of Windows start-up (Registry: MACHINE\Run, Run). The file also can also affect other applications by changing their properties. Such manipulation can cause an application to do things other than what it is intended to do. You can use Windows Control Panel (Programs icon) to completely remove the software. OpWareSE4.exe possesses a digital signature from Verisign.com, which should confirm its trustworthiness. The original file has been signed by a trusted signature authority. This lets you check your copy to see if it is a counterfeit. OpWareSE4.exe is capable of record keystrokes. For this reason, 49% 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 OpWareSE4.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 OpWareSE4?

This is a process that stays resident so that the scannner dosent need to keep warming up.
Paul Walsh
Located At C:\Program Files\ScanSoft\OmniPageS34 , Has A Picture Of A Scanner With A Page In The Foreground That Has A "D" On It (As Its Icon), According To The Web Links Inside The Folder, It Is An OCR That Converts Scanned Documents To Usable Text (See Link), Most Likely Something That Came With My New Printer But Is Not Needed. (further information...)
Do not trust it, it may be dangerous but it may also be harmless. It is not essential.
Ryan Matthews
SSBkgdupdate.exe" -Embedding -boot
Omnipage scansoft
I found it in "C:\Program Files\ScanSoft\OmniPageSE4.0\OpwareSE4.exe". Appears to be associated with my printer which doubles as a scanner.
Richard Perry
Installed under c:\Program FIles\ScanSoft \ directory is not necessary for startup but required for OCR functions (further information...)
Nancy Schuff

Summary: One user judges OpWareSE4.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. 2 users consider it harmless. However, one user considers this to be a suspicious process and would like to get rid of it. source: file.net

How to uninstall ScanSoft OmniPage SE or OmniPage Pro

OpWareSE4.exe OCR Aware fix

To remove OCR Aware 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 ScanSoft OmniPage SE or OmniPage Pro in the list of available programs.
  5. Click Uninstall.

How to tell if OpWareSE4.exe (OCR Aware) 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 OCR Aware. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for OCR Aware 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 OpWareSE4.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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