What does the WDDMStatus.exe file do?
The WDDMStatus.exe process is also known as WD Quick View or, as the case may be, WD Drive Manager Status and is a part of WD SmartWare. This software is produced by Western Digital Technologies (www.wdc.com) or, as the case may be, WDC (www.wdc.com). An obsolete or defective version of WDDMStatus.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- WD Quick View has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- WD Quick View 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)
- WDDMStatus.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close.
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module WDDMStatus.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about WDDMStatus.exe WD Quick View
WDDMStatus.exe is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. WDDMStatus.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files".
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 5,571,944 bytes (19% of all these files), 6,163,456 bytes as well as 16 other variants.
It does not come from Microsoft and is not part of the operating system. You can find the file or its related application in Control Panel under Programs. You can then rerun the setup or uninstall the program. The file has a digital signature. This confirms that the producer has been registered with a certificate authority. 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\Run, MACHINE\User Shell Folders). WDDMStatus.exe contains a digital signature from Verisign, a subsidiary of Symantec. Verisign thereby confirms this file's authenticity and integrity. WDDMStatus.exe is capable of track other applications, record keystrokes as well as send data out to the Internet. For this reason, 21% 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 WDDMStatus.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 WDDMStatus?
The file spreads very slowly and does not often make an appearance. Therefore, feedback from other users is not yet available.
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How to uninstall WD SmartWare
To remove WD Quick View 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 WD SmartWare in the list of displayed applications.
- Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
How to tell if WDDMStatus.exe (WD Quick View) 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 WD Quick View. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for WD Quick View 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 WDDMStatus.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.
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