What does the SDWinSec.exe file do?
The SDWinSec.exe process is also known as Spybot-S&D Security Center integration and is a part of Spybot - Search & Destroy. This software is produced by Safer Networking (security.kolla.de). An obsolete or defective version of SDWinSec.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- Spybot-S&D Security Center integration has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- Spybot-S&D Security Center integration 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)
- SDWinSec.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module SDWinSec.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about SDWinSec.exe Spybot-S&D Security Center integration
SDWinSec.exe is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. SDWinSec.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subdirectory of C:\.
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 1,153,368 bytes (98% of all these files) or, as the case may be, 810,320 bytes.
The application does not appear as a visible window, but only in Task Manager. It has a digital signature. This confirms that the producer has been registered with a certificate authority. It was developed by a so-called third party provider - and not by Microsoft. SDWinSec.exe contains a digital signature from Verisign, a subsidiary of Symantec. Verisign thereby confirms this file's authenticity and integrity. 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. SDWinSec.exe is capable of log keyboard entries as well as supervise programs. For this reason, 43% 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 SDWinSec.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 SDWinSec?
|Part of the Spybot Install |
Summary: 5 users judge SDWinSec.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. source: file.net
How to uninstall Spybot - Search & Destroy
To remove Spybot-S&D Security Center integration 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 Spybot - Search & Destroy in the list of displayed applications.
- Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
How to tell if SDWinSec.exe (Spybot-S&D Security Center integration) 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 Spybot-S&D Security Center integration. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for Spybot-S&D Security Center integration 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 SDWinSec.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.