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wdc.exe *Does it belong to ASUS? or is it a keylogger?

Discussion in 'Asus' started by Roasted_Monk, Mar 11, 2010.

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  1. Roasted_Monk

    Roasted_Monk Notebook Enthusiast

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    I have the G51 from best buy. Bored at work here and decided to look thru the processes running.

    Came across wdc.exe

    Google seems to have two sides of the fence on this one.

    #1 it belongs to watchdog and is a keylogger
    if that's the case then I'm terrified right now

    #2 it belongs to Asus ATK
    if that's the case then I feel a little better but want to know if you all have it running as well.

    Thanks

    Monk

    ** By the way...It's my own pc. Not company's. So it should NOT have any keylogger or spyware. Unless a website or two I've visited have bitten me. DOH!!

    *** I have ms security essentials and it reports nothing

    **** I have xoft spy portable and it reports nothing

    ***** I have tried avast on the U3 usb drive and it reports nothing
     
  2. mylowrider

    mylowrider Notebook Consultant

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    I have that process running too. I don't think its a keylogger.
     
  3. superjojo

    superjojo Notebook Consultant

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    I have it too on my N61
     
  4. TrueBit

    TrueBit Notebook Enthusiast

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    check below to find that it is an Asus hotkey program:
    1. first check the location. It should be under path C:\Program Files\ASUS\ATK Hotkey\WDC.exe
    2. the process name should be in upper case "WDC.exe"
    3. check the MD5 checksum: d3917821614cf44f8658b74dafc59520. file version: 1.0.0.10
     
  5. Roasted_Monk

    Roasted_Monk Notebook Enthusiast

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    Excellent. Thanks for the replies.

    Monk
     
  6. tallan

    tallan Notebook Deity

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    + rep for you - thanks! My G73JH version (Win7 64) is 1.0.46.1, however, and is in Programsx86>ASUS>ATK Package>ATK Hotkey, 170KB, dated 12/22/2008.
     
  7. roxx0rz

    roxx0rz Newbie

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    I've been wondering all day what this thing was on my process list too. I also have an ASUS.

    So it is a safe legitimate process isn't it? Belongs to ASUS?
     
  8. l3g4cy99

    l3g4cy99 Notebook Evangelist

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    Yes its legit and belongs to ASUS with the ATK hotkeys.
     
  9. roxx0rz

    roxx0rz Newbie

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    Good to hear! I was wondering because I ran Avast! scan and it didn't find anything at all on my laptop. Since so many people have it on theirs, it has to be legitimate.

    Thanks!
     
  10. DCx

    DCx Banned!

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    If you do a fresh install (with legit MS disks) with manufacturers driver disks (and w/ antivirus as the first install after windows) and it still shows up, it's safe to assume it's clean. Not always .. manufacturers have been known to accidentally include malware, but GENERALLY speaking, this is a good way to "check".
     
  11. roxx0rz

    roxx0rz Newbie

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    Ah, I couldn't be bothered to do all that work. I'm assuming it's safe since every other person on this thread that has an ASUS also has it. Not including the file location, and what it does.
     
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