What does the wdfmgr.exe file do?
The wdfmgr.exe process is also known as Windows User Mode Driver Manager and is a part of Microsoft Windows Operating System or, as the case may be, Windows User Mode Driver Framework. This software is produced by Microsoft (www.microsoft.com). An obsolete or defective version of wdfmgr.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- Windows User Mode driver Manager has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- Windows User Mode driver Manager 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)
- wdfmgr.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module wdfmgr.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about wdfmgr.exe Windows User Mode driver Manager
wdfmgr.exe is not a Windows system file and is known to frequently cause computer problems. The file wdfmgr.exe is found in the C:\Windows\System32 directory.
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 38,912 bytes (98% of all these files), 55,808 bytes as well as 8 other variants.
This wdfmgr program does not have a visible window, and does not appear on the taskbar. Wdfmgr.exe was developed by a so-called third party provider - and not by Microsoft. This file has been digitally signed by Microsoft itself to guarantee its authenticity. For this reason, 19% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.
A wdfmgr.exe file has a 46% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in the C:\Windows directory. In this case, the file size is usually 478,290 bytes. The program appears as a window on the desktop. It does not contain any exact product information, as would normally be expected today. This wdfmgr.exe process is initiated as part of Windows start-up (Registry: MACHINE\RunServices, MACHINE\Run). The file does not come from Microsoft and is not part of the operating system. Wdfmgr.exe is capable of interpret keystrokes as well as track other applications.
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 wdfmgr.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 wdfmgr?
|Windows User Mode Driver Manager - comes with Windows Media Player 10 |
|Part of WMP 10 |
|Part Of Windows Media Player 10 |
|it raises the cpu up to 100 % (may be a security flow????) |
|if media player freezes kill it in processes then it will work |
Summary: 76 users judge wdfmgr.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. 13 users consider it harmless. However, 17 users consider this to be a suspicious process and would like to get rid of it. For this reason, 28 users have already deleted wdfmgr.exe. source: file.net
How to uninstall the program or Windows User Mode Driver Framework
To remove Windows User Mode driver Manager 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 the program or Windows User Mode Driver Framework in the list of available programs.
- Click Uninstall.
How to tell if wdfmgr.exe (Windows User Mode driver Manager) 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 Windows User Mode driver Manager. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for Windows User Mode driver Manager 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 wdfmgr.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.