What does the watchdog.exe file do?
The watchdog.exe process is also known as Bitdefender Agent WatchDog or, as the case may be, NVMS1000 and is a part of Bitdefender ConnectAgent or, as the case may be, WindowsService1. This software is produced by Bitdefender (www.bitdefender.com/) or, as the case may be, PrintMIB. An obsolete or defective version of watchdog.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- Bitdefender Agent WatchDog has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- Bitdefender Agent WatchDog 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)
- watchdog.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close.
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module watchdog.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about watchdog.exe Bitdefender Agent WatchDog
watchdog.exe is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. The file watchdog.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files".
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 36,864 bytes (22% of all these files), 462,288 bytes as well as 5 other variants.
The watchdog file is not part of the Windows operating system. The program executes in the background, and can only be terminated using Windows Task Manager. Watchdog.exe does not contain any exact product information, as would normally be expected today. Watchdog.exe is capable of monitor other applications. For this reason, 33% 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 watchdog.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 watchdog?
|It is part of a scanner program |
|Part of Motorola's phone tools |
|Mobile Phone Tools - Checks for Phoneconection |
|It is a watchdog of Voetbal International a dutch soccer weakmagazine (further information...) |
|Part of mustek scanner programs and also used for motorola's phone tools (data cable program for motorola cell phones) |
Summary: 24 users judge watchdog.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. 5 users consider it harmless. However, 2 users consider this to be a suspicious process and would like to get rid of it. For this reason, 3 users have already deleted watchdog.exe. source: file.net
How to uninstall Bitdefender ConnectAgent or WindowsService1
To remove Bitdefender Agent WatchDog 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 Bitdefender ConnectAgent or WindowsService1 in the list of displayed applications.
- Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
How to tell if watchdog.exe (Bitdefender Agent WatchDog) 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 Bitdefender Agent WatchDog. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for Bitdefender Agent WatchDog 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 watchdog.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.