What does the runSW.exe file do?
The runSW.exe process is also known as RunSwUSB and is a part of runSW Application. This software is produced by Realtek Semiconductor (www.realtek.com.tw). An obsolete or defective version of runSW.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- RunSwUSB has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- RunSwUSB 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)
- runSW.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module runSW.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about runSW.exe RunSwUSB
runSW.exe is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. The file runSW.exe is found in the C:\Windows directory.
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 36,864 bytes (63% of all these files), 44,760 bytes, 44,104 bytes or, as the case may be, 48,856 bytes.
It is the service "RunSwUSB".
It does not supply any version information or other description. This particular software does not have a visible window, and does not appear on the taskbar. The file is no part of Microsoft Windows. The runSW file is not a Windows system file, but it is nontheless located in the C:\Windows folder. RunSW.exe is capable of supervise programs. For this reason, 48% 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 runSW.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 runSW?
The file spreads very slowly and does not often make an appearance. Therefore, feedback from other users is not yet available.
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How to uninstall runSW Application
To remove RunSwUSB 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 runSW Application in the list of displayed applications.
- Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
How to tell if runSW.exe (RunSwUSB) 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 RunSwUSB. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for RunSwUSB 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 runSW.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.