What does the WDRulesEngine.exe file do?
The WDRulesEngine.exe process is also known as WD Rules Engine or, as the case may be, WD Business Rule Engine and is a part of WD SmartWare or, as the case may be, WD Business Rule Engine Application. This software is produced by Western Digital (www.wdc.com). An obsolete or defective version of WDRulesEngine.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- WD Rules Engine has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- WD Rules Engine 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)
- WDRulesEngine.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close.
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module WDRulesEngine.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about WDRulesEngine.exe WD Rules Engine
WDRulesEngine.exe is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. The file WDRulesEngine.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files".
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 1,177,536 bytes (40% of all these files), 1,338,256 bytes, 1,177,496 bytes, 1,338,264 bytes or, as the case may be, 1,091,984 bytes.
It is the WDRulesService service: WD SmartWare Rules Engine.
WDRulesEngine.exe has a digital signature. This confirms that the producer has been registered with a certificate authority. This WDRulesEngine.exe process does not have a visible window, and does not appear on the taskbar. It was developed by a so-called third party provider - and not by Microsoft. You may uninstall the related program using Windows Control Panel. The file possesses a digital signature from Verisign.com, which should confirm its trustworthiness. For this reason, 12% 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 WDRulesEngine.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 WDRulesEngine?
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 or WD Business Rule Engine Application
To remove WD Rules Engine 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 or WD Business Rule Engine Application in the list of displayed applications.
- Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
How to tell if WDRulesEngine.exe (WD Rules Engine) 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 Rules Engine. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for WD Rules Engine 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 WDRulesEngine.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.