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What does the washidx.exe file do?

The washidx.exe process is also known as Index.dat bleaching tool and is a part of Wash Index.dat. This software is produced by Webroot Software (www.webroot.com). An obsolete or defective version of washidx.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 washidx.exe Index.dat bleaching tool

washidx.exe is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. The file washidx.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files" (e.g. C:\Program Files\Washer\ respectively C:\Program Files\Webroot\Washer\). Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 33,792 bytes (20% of all these files), 72,704 bytes as well as 5 other variants.
The program appears as a window on the desktop. Windows starts the process each time that the computer boots up (Registry: RunOnce, MACHINE\RunOnce, MACHINE\RunServicesOnce). The file is no part of Microsoft Windows. There is no embedded description in this file. These days, this is rather unusual For this reason, 40% 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 washidx.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 washidx?

It is a program called "Window Washer", its a program that clears up space on your computer
kc m
It cleans internet cache, history, temp files... and much more. (further information...)
I use "Window Washer" at home and office.
Phil
Don't sweat it. Part of a nifty program called Window Washer, which cleans up your registry and much more.
Melodyssey
this is a program called "windows washer" that clears IE history/cookies and other non important files
pete
Comes with "Window Washer" which is a fantastic program (further information...)
Liz
Window Washer program "very safe"
skyeleary

Summary: 4 users judge washidx.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. One user considers it harmless. source: file.net

How to uninstall Wash Index.dat

washidx.exe  Index.dat bleaching tool fix

To remove Index.dat bleaching tool 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 Wash Index.dat in the list of available programs.
  5. Click Uninstall.

How to tell if washidx.exe (Index.dat bleaching tool) 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 Index.dat bleaching tool. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for Index.dat bleaching tool 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 washidx.exe is causing problems for you, a good Registry Cleaner 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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