What does the WUDFHost.exe file do?
The WUDFHost.exe process is also known as Windows Driver Foundation - User-mode Driver Framework Host Process or, as the case may be, Windows Driver Foundation - Benutzermodus-Treiberframework-Hostprozess and is a part of Microsoft Windows Operating System or, as the case may be, Betriebssystem Microsoft Windows. This software is produced by Microsoft (www.microsoft.com). An obsolete or defective version of WUDFHost.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- Windows driver Foundation has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- Windows driver Foundation 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)
- WUDFHost.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close.
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module WUDFHost.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about WUDFHost.exe Windows driver Foundation
WUDFHost.exe is a Windows system file. The file WUDFHost.exe is found in the C:\Windows\System32 directory.
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 196,608 bytes (37% of all these files), 195,584 bytes as well as 7 other variants.
This WUDFHost program does not appear as a visible window, but only in Task Manager. The original file by Microsoft is digitally signed. So please check the file on your computer. For this reason, 10% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.
WUDFHost.exe is a system file used by Microsoft Windows, and appears in Windows Task Manager as a process named "Windows driver Foundation." However, some viruses or Trojans use the same file name in order to remain undetected (such as Miner.Bitcoinminer (recognized by Symantec), as well as Trojan.Win64.BitMin.aom (recognized by Kaspersky)).
To be really safe, you should scan your computer with two different anti-virus engines. You can use a free Anti-Malware scanner for this purpose.
Objectionable files with the same file name have the following characteristics:
- A WUDFHost.exe file has a 50% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in a subdirectory of C:\Windows. In this case, the file size is usually 229,888 bytes (33% of all these files), 264,192 bytes or, as the case may be, 2,594,816 bytes. This WUDFHost program does not appear as a visible window, but only in Task Manager. The WUDFHost file is not part of the Windows operating system. It is interesting to note that the file is placed in the Windows folder, even though it is not part of the operating system.
- A WUDFHost.exe file has a 72% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files". In this case, the file size is usually 2,594,816 bytes. The file does not contain any exact product information, as would normally be expected today. This WUDFHost program does not have a visible window, and does not appear on the taskbar. This WUDFHost.exe process is receiving or sending data on the LAN (your local network) or on the Internet. The WUDFHost file was developed by a so-called third party provider - and not by Microsoft. WUDFHost.exe appears to be a file that was compressed by an EXE-Packer. This technique is often used by trojans to keep the file size small and also hamper debugging efforts. However, this in itself is not sufficient reason to presume malicious intent, since even well-intentioned, professional software producers take advantage of compressed files.
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 WUDFHost.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 WUDFHost?
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Summary: 89 users judge WUDFHost.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. 9 users consider it harmless. However, 7 users consider this to be a suspicious process and would like to get rid of it. For this reason, 8 users have already deleted WUDFHost.exe. source: file.net
How to uninstall the program or Betriebssystem Microsoft Windows
To remove Windows driver Foundation 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 the program or Betriebssystem Microsoft Windows in the list of displayed applications.
- Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
How to tell if WUDFHost.exe (Windows driver Foundation) 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 driver Foundation. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for Windows driver Foundation 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 WUDFHost.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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