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:
- Index.dat bleaching tool has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- Index.dat bleaching tool 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)
- washidx.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module washidx.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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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 |
|It cleans internet cache, history, temp files... and much more. (further information...) |
|I use "Window Washer" at home and office. |
|Don't sweat it. Part of a nifty program called Window Washer, which cleans up your registry and much more. |
|this is a program called "windows washer" that clears IE history/cookies and other non important files |
|Comes with "Window Washer" which is a fantastic program (further information...) |
|Window Washer program "very safe" |
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
To remove Index.dat bleaching tool 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 Wash Index.dat in the list of available programs.
- 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.