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3% remove it97% keep it
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Global Rank #1,112
United States Rank #1,261
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Average installed length: 254.79 days


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SES Driver

What is SES Driver?

The SES Device Driver is the software driver for the Western Digital SES. It is a computer program used to communicate from the Windows PC OS to the SES device. This software is required in most cases for the hardware device to function properly and is included with the Western Digital SES. In most cases, drivers come with Windows or can be found by going to Windows Update in Control Panel and checking for updates as well as downloaded from the Western Digital support website.


During setup, the program creates a startup registration point in Windows in order to automatically start when any user boots the PC. Upon being installed, the software adds a Windows Service which is designed to run continuously in the background. Manually stopping the service has been seen to cause the program to stop functing properly. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. A scheduled task is added to Windows Task Scheduler in order to launch the program at various scheduled times (the schedule varies depending on the version). The software is designed to connect to the Internet and adds a Windows Firewall exception in order to do so without being interfered with. When installed, it will add a context menu handler to the Windows shell in order to provide quick access to the program. The primary executable is named devcon_x86.exe. The setup package generally installs about 69 files and is usually about 1.04 MB (1,090,048 bytes). The installed file classicshellupdate.exe is the auto-update component of the program which is designed to check for software updates and notify and apply them when new versions are discovered.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: support.wdc.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Western Digital\SES Driver\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /I{D8CC254C-C671-4664-9A38-FA368D1E2C97}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 1.04 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by SES Driver

Program executable:devcon_x86.exe
Name:Windows Setup API
Path:C:\Program Files\Western Digital\SES Driver\devcon_x86.exe
Additional files:
  • avcodec-mp-54.dll
  • avformat-mp-54.dll
  • avutil-mp-52.dll
  • libpng15.dll - LibPNG (PNG image compression library)
  • mediapreview.dll (by BabelSoft) - Media Preview (Windows shell extension to handle media file thumbnails)
  • swscale-mp-2.dll
  • tag.dll
  • WD Quick Formatter.exe - WDQuickFormatter.exe (WD Quick Drive Format)
  • WDCollections.dll - WD Collections (64-bit)
  • WDContextMenuHandler.dll - WD ContextMenu Handler
  • WDSmartWare.Controls.dll - WD SmartWare (WD SmartWare Controls)
  • zlib.dll - zlib (zlib data compression library)
  • CCleaner.exe (by Piriform Ltd) - CCleaner
  • CCleaner64.exe (by Piriform Ltd)
  • classicshellupdate.exe (by IvoSoft) - Classic Shell (Checks for a new version of Classic Shell)
  • classicstartmenu.exe (by IvoSoft) - Classic Start Menu
  • classicstartmenudll.dll
  • Dictionary.exe (by fish's dotNET) - Dictionary .NET
  • Interop.WDCollections.dll - Assembly imported from type library 'WDCollections'.
  • Interop.WDDriveManagerLib.dll - Assembly imported from type library 'WDDriveManagerLib'.
  • Interop.WDFileManagement.dll - Assembly imported from type library 'WDFMEService'.
  • Interop.WDRulesService.dll - Assembly imported from type library 'WDRulesService'.
  • mediapreviewconf.exe (by BabelSoft) - Media Preview Configuration (Configuration tool for Media Preview)
  • mediapreviewconfara.dll
  • mediapreviewconfchs.dll
  • mediapreviewconfcht.dll
  • mediapreviewconfdeu.dll - Media Preview Konfiguration (Konfigurationswerkzeug für Media Preview)
  • mediapreviewconffra.dll - Configuration du Media Preview (Utilitaire de configuration du Media Preview)
  • mediapreviewconfptb.dll - Configuração do Media Preview (Ferramenta de configuração do Media Preview)
  • mediapreviewconfrus.dll
  • msvcm90.dll (by Microsoft) - Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2008 (Microsoft® C Runtime Library)
  • msvcp100.dll (by Microsoft) - Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2010
  • msvcp90.dll - Microsoft® C++ Runtime Library
  • msvcr100.dll
  • msvcr90.dll
  • System.Data.SQLite.dll (by Robert Simpson, et al) - System.Data.SQLite (System.Data.SQLite Interop Assembly)
  • uninst.exe - CCleaner Installer
  • WDActivation.dll - WD Shared Libraries (WD Activation)
  • WDControls.dll - WDControls (WD Controls)
  • WDDM.dll - WDDM (WD Drive Utilities)
  • WDDMService.exe (by WDC) - WDDriveManager.exe (WD Drive Manager Service)
  • WDDMStatus.exe - WD Drive Manager Status
  • WDDriveAutoUnlock.exe - WD Drive Auto Unlock
  • WDDriveSecurity.exe - WDSecurity (WD Security)
  • WDDriveUtilities.exe - WD Drive Utilities
  • WDEncrypt.dll - WD Encrypt
  • WDException.dll - WD Exception
  • WDFileWatcher.dll - WD File Watcher
  • WDFME.exe - WD File Management Engine
  • WDFMEIPC.dll - WD File Management Engine IPC Module
  • WDIO.dll - WD IO (64-bit)
  • WDLocale.dll - WD Locale
  • WDNet.dll - WD Network
  • WDRegistry.dll - WD Registry
  • WDRulesEngine.exe - WD Business Rule Engine Application (WD Business Rule Engine)
  • WDSmartWare.exe
  • WDSmartWare.Themes.dll - WD SmartWare Themes
  • WDSQLite.dll - WD SQLite
  • WDTransport.dll - WD Transport
  • WDTransportDropbox.dll - WD Transport Dropbox

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Context Menu Handler
  • WDContextMenuHandler.dll added to Windows Explorer under the name 'WDBackupMenuHandler' with a class of .
4 Scheduled Tasks
  • CCleaner64.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{EA69C8AD-7158-42A8-9DDC-7AEDB17A4B68}' (runs on registration).
  • WDDriveAutoUnlock.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{E89B68C4-81CB-4A4E-BA95-93F66EACC5BF}' (runs on registration).
  • classicstartmenu.exe is scheduled as a task named 'sm' (runs on boot).
  • CCleaner.exe is scheduled as a task named 'Auto Clean' (runs weekly on Thursdays at 10:00 PM).
3 Scheduled Tasks (Boot/Login)
  • classicstartmenu.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named sm.
  • CCleaner64.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named CCleaner.
  • CCleaner.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named CCleanerSkipUAC.
3 Services
  • WDRulesEngine.exe runs as a service named 'WDRules' (WDRulesService) "WD SmartWare Rules Engine".
  • WDFME.exe runs as a service named 'WDFME' (WDFMEService) "WD SmartWare File Management Engine".
  • WDDMService.exe runs as a service named 'WDDMService' (WDDMService) "WD SmartWare Drive Manager".
2 Startup Files (User Run)
  • CCleaner64.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'CCleaner Monitoring' and executes as "C:\Program Files\CCleaner\CCleaner64.exe" /MONITOR.
  • CCleaner.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'CCleaner Monitoring' and executes as "C:\Program Files\CCleaner\CCleaner.exe" /MONITOR.
3 Startup Files (All Users Run)
  • classicstartmenu.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'Classic Start Menu' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Classic Shell\ClassicStartMenu.exe" -startup.
  • WDDMStatus.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'WD Quick View' which loads as C:\Program Files\Western Digital\WD SmartWare\WDDMStatus.exe.
  • WDDriveAutoUnlock.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'WD Drive Unlocker' which loads as C:\Program Files\Western Digital\WD Security\WDDriveAutoUnlock.exe.
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • CCleaner.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\CCleaner\CCleaner.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:12.11 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0006773162%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00037197%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00030534%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:16,758,327
8,062,084 average
I/O reads/min:42.4 KB
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:0 Bytes
105.02 KB average
Memory:5.07 MB
Total CPU:0.0000281802%
Kernel CPU:0.00001081%
User CPU:0.00001737%
CPU cycles/sec:3,147,567
I/O reads/min:19.78 KB
Memory:1.31 GB
Total CPU:0.0007162300%
Kernel CPU:0.00037876%
User CPU:0.00033747%
CPU cycles/sec:2,529,100,797
I/O reads/min:4.22 MB
I/O writes/min:3.52 MB

How do I remove SES Driver?

Quickly and completely remove SES Driver from your computer by downloading "Should I Remove It?", its 100% FREE and installs in seconds (click the button below).
Or, you can uninstall SES Driver from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program SES Driver, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove SES Driver.

Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 3%
Keep it 97%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 71.34%
Windows 8 14.06%
Windows XP 8.22%
Windows Vista 6.27%
Windows Server 2003 0.11%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 35.70%
Windows 7 Ultimate 17.06%
Windows 7 Professional 15.88%
Microsoft Windows XP 8.13%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 4.97%
Windows 8.1 Pro 3.66%

Distribution by countryGeography

43.00% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 43.00%
  Germany 6.70%
  France 5.94%
  Canada 4.03%
  Italy 3.26%
  United Kingdom 2.74%
  Australia 2.58%
  Netherlands 2.28%
  Israel 1.91%
  Spain 1.65%
  Belgium 1.63%
  Switzerland 1.45%
  Sweden 1.35%
  Czech Republic 1.33%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 26.50%
Hewlett-Packard 23.44%
Acer 13.08%
ASUS 11.06%
Toshiba 5.22%
Intel 2.82%
Samsung 2.82%
American Megatrends 1.49%
Lenovo 1.41%
Alienware 0.87%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 7.91%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 6.85%
ASUS All Series 2.95%
Dell Inspiron N5110 2.36%
Dell Dell System XPS L7... 2.24%
Dell XPS 8300 2.01%

About Western Digital Technologies

Western Digital is one of the largest hard disk drive manufacturers and has a long history in the electronics industry as an integrated circuit maker and a storage products company.
Publisher URL: www.wdc.com


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