Is wdsmartware.lnk safe or is this task spyware?



Purpose of wdsmartware.lnk:









File purpose and description:

WDSmartWare.lnk is a program that may have arrived as preinstalled software on your computer. The exact disk location where it should be stored on your computer is also shown below to verfiy it is not spyware, as many spyware programs use similiar names and just locate them elsewhere on your hard drive. Always check the proper disk location of your programs if you are concerned that they may be spyware or malware. This WDSmartWare.lnk program appears in your startup folder and runs whenever your computer is rebooted. This is part of Western Digital, and most likely points to WDDMService.exe or WDSmartWareBackgroundService.exe. This file is considered safe and is not virus and spyware related. (See the details below for the actual location of this file.)

Actual file or task name: (Note that you can view the entire list here)
wdsmartware.lnk

File type:
This is a shortcut link to an executable program

File or folder location:
This file will be found on your hard drive at C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\WDSmartWare.lnk


General information:
Be aware that many tasks will be similiar names to existing tasks or processes. You can always view the running tasks on your computer by pressing ctrl-alt-del to view the windows "task manager", and then view the "processes" tab. This will show you all tasks running or currently active on your PC. Although this shows you all running tasks, it does not show dll file thats are loaded, as they get loaded as part of other processes. Many spyware writers attempt to hide their files on your computer, for example, wdsmartware.lnk may be intentionally misspelled to look like a similiar task, or spyware may be named very similiar to a Windows system task. The reason they do this is so you cannot easily recognize the name in your tasklist as I have mentioned above. Make sure always check the location of the file if you are concerned. You can always find the location of wdsmartware.lnk on your computer by using your Windows search options, but I will also try to list the file location of every file described on this website, so you can verify the correct location. You can view the entire tasklist directory with the link below.

Jump to the entire processes list here!