What does the SWDsvc.exe file do?
The SWDsvc.exe process is also known as Spyware Doctor Service and is a part of Spyware Doctor. This software is produced by PC Tools (www.pctools.com). An obsolete or defective version of SWDsvc.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- Spyware Doctor service has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- Spyware Doctor service 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)
- SWDsvc.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module SWDsvc.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about SWDsvc.exe Spyware Doctor service
SWDsvc.exe is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. SWDsvc.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files".
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 1,406,792 bytes (25% of all these files), 1,415,496 bytes, 1,418,056 bytes or, as the case may be, 1,407,816 bytes.
There is no internal description of the file. This process does not appear as a visible window, but only in Task Manager. SWDsvc.exe possesses a digital signature from Verisign.com, which should confirm its trustworthiness. The producer of the file is registered with a certificate authority. This confirms the genuineness of the file. The file was developed by a so-called third party provider - and not by Microsoft. SWDsvc.exe is capable of log keyboard entries, track other applications as well as modify other Windows tasks. For this reason, 34% 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 SWDsvc.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 SWDsvc?
|It's Spyware Doctor 5.0 anti-spyware application. I just purchased it and it seems to do a good job |
|Spyware Doctor's Service |
|PC Tools software: Spyware Doctor (further information...) |
|It is Software Doctor that now appears to me to be on steriods. Note each time you boot up, it hogs memory and increases a corresponding svchost.exe file. Together upon startup, or while running a scan Spyware Doctor usurps system RAM, slows your other processes loading, essentially it takes over your machine. YOu can go to your Task Manager and disable it and the corresponding svchost.exe it uses for unknown purposes, wiping them both out. Of course you first need to wiegh the benifit/risk to surfing without SpyDoctor. I use the primative method of disabling it when I need speed. |
|its spyware doctor - leave it a while and it will stop using up CPU (further information...) |
|I work at staples. I was doing a diagnostic on a very very slow laptop and found swdsvc.exe was taking over 243 MB of ram on a machine that has under 1 gig of ram. Honestly no spyware protection should come any ware NEAR that amount of ram, i don't care how effective it is. |
Summary: 3 users judge SWDsvc.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 Spyware Doctor
To remove Spyware Doctor service from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.
- Click the Windows Start Button. In Windows 8, look for Control Panel.
- Click Control Panel.
- Click Uninstall a program.
- Look for Spyware Doctor in the list of available programs.
- Click Uninstall.
How to tell if SWDsvc.exe (Spyware Doctor service) 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 Spyware Doctor service. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for Spyware Doctor service 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 SWDsvc.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.