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1% remove it99% keep it
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VersionDistribution 3.33% 3.33% 26.67% 66.67%

Dell Watchdog Timer


Dell Watchdog Timer is a program developed by DELL. The most used version is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. Upon installation and setup, it defines an auto-start registry entry which makes this program run on each Windows boot for all user logins. The main program executable is wdtapp.exe. The software installer includes 8 files and is usually about 29.48 MB (30,913,788 bytes). In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows 10 as well as Windows 7 (SP1). While about 80% of users of Dell Watchdog Timer come from the United States, it is also popular in France and Switzerland.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.DELL.com
Help link: www.dell.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\DELL\Dell OptiPlex XE Watchdog Timer
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\InstallShield Installation Information\{2F3E37A4-8F48-465A-813B-1F2964DBEB6A}\setup.exe" -runfromtemp -l0x0409 -removeonly
Estimated size: 29.48 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Dell Watchdog Timer

Program executable:wdtapp.exe
Name:WDTApp Application
Path:C:\Program Files\dell\dell optiplex xe watchdog timer\wdtapp.exe
Additional files:
  • UninstallAutorun.exe - UninstallAutorun Application (Uninstall WDT auto run Application)
  • DrvLoader.exe - DrvLoader Application (DrvLoader MFC Application)
  • preloader.exe - preloader Application
  • processdll.dll
  • unknownicon.exe - unknownicon Application
  • WDTLKDll.dll
  • WDTResDll.dll - WDTResDll Dynamic Link Library (WDTResDll DLL)

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • preloader.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named WDTAppSAdministrator.
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • preloader.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'WDTApp' which loads as C:\Program Files2\DELL\DELLOP~1\preloader.exe -autorun.

How do I remove Dell Watchdog Timer?

You can uninstall Dell Watchdog Timer 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/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Dell Watchdog Timer, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: 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 Dell Watchdog Timer.

Win 10 53%
Win 7 (SP1) 47%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 1%
Keep it 99%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 10 53.33%
Windows 7 46.67%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 10 Pro 50.00%
Windows 7 Professional 46.67%
Windows 10 Pro for Workst... 3.33%

Distribution by countryGeography

80.00% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 80.00%
  France 4.44%
  Switzerland 2.22%
  Czech Republic 2.22%
  Germany 2.22%
  United Kingdom 2.22%
  India 2.22%
  Italy 2.22%
  Singapore 2.22%


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