What does the WDSmartWare.exe file do?
The WDSmartWare.exe process is also known as WD SmartWare and is a part of WD SmartWare. This software is produced by Western Digital (www.wdc.com). An obsolete or defective version of WDSmartWare.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- WD SmartWare has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- WD SmartWare 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)
- WDSmartWare.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module WDSmartWare.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about WDSmartWare.exe WD SmartWare
WDSmartWare.exe is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. WDSmartWare.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files".
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 8,919,040 bytes (50% of all these files), 9,136,960 bytes, 9,085,760 bytes or, as the case may be, 9,117,504 bytes.
When Windows starts, this process is automatically started at the same time (Registry: MACHINE\User Shell Folders). The file does not come from Microsoft and is not part of the operating system. The program executes in the background, and can only be terminated using Windows Task Manager. You can use Windows Control Panel (Programs icon) to completely remove the software. For this reason, 28% 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 WDSmartWare.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 WDSmartWare?
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 SmartWare 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 WD SmartWare in the list of available programs.
- Click Uninstall.
How to tell if WDSmartWare.exe (WD SmartWare) 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 SmartWare. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for WD SmartWare 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 WDSmartWare.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.