What does the WATCH.exe file do?
The WATCH.exe process is also known as Watch Service or, as the case may be, Watch MFC Application and is a part of NVMS5 Standard Edition or, as the case may be, Watch Application. This software is produced by Common Group. An obsolete or defective version of WATCH.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- Watch service has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- Watch 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)
- WATCH.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module WATCH.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about WATCH.exe Watch service
WATCH.exe is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. The file WATCH.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files".
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 176,640 bytes (60% of all these files), 217,088 bytes or, as the case may be, 364,544 bytes.
The file does not come from Microsoft and is not part of the operating system. It does not supply any version information or other description. The program executes in the background, and can only be terminated using Windows Task Manager. WATCH.exe is capable of record keystrokes. For this reason, 43% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.
A WATCH.exe file has a 70% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in a subdirectory of C:\. In this case, the file size is usually 48,576 bytes. It does not supply any version information or other description. The program executes in the background, and can only be terminated using Windows Task Manager. When Windows starts, this process is automatically started at the same time (Registry: MACHINE\User Shell Folders, win.ini). It was developed by a so-called third party provider - and not by Microsoft.
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 WATCH.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 WATCH?
|connection french internet |
|Its a monitoring file for Mustek video cameras. |
|it seems to be a part of the mustek digital camera. The camera still works with watch.exe not running. |
|it's the part of Collins Dictionary |
|general part of Mustek-Drivers (cameras&scanners) |
Summary: 10 users judge WATCH.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. One user considers it harmless. source: file.net
How to uninstall NVMS5 Standard Edition or Watch Application
To remove Watch service 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 NVMS5 Standard Edition or Watch Application in the list of displayed applications.
- Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
How to tell if WATCH.exe (Watch 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 Watch service. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for Watch 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 WATCH.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.