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Should I remove Sierra Wireless Watcher?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
11% remove it89% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Very good
What do people think about it?
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How common is it?
Global Rank #20,683
United States Rank #23,357
Reach 0.0102%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 9.02 days
266.06 days >
Average installed length: 139.80 days


7.25.2570.300 1.49%
7.23.2266.300 6.44%
7.21.2196.303 0.50%
7.19.2156.300 2.48% 3.47% 20.30%
5.0.2143.0003 55.45%
5.0.2062.0001 2.48%
5.0.1986.0006 7.43%

Other programs by Sierra Wireless

Sierra Wireless Watcher

What is Sierra Wireless Watcher?  (from Sierra Wireless)

The Sierra Wireless AirCard Watcher is bundled with every Sierra Wireless branded modem and downloadable from the Sierra Wireless Support section. This unique capability allows operators to offer AirCard Watcher connection manager and Windows 7 Mobile Broadband, so end users can choose which connection manager to use, ...  Read more


Sierra Wireless Watcher is a program developed by Sierra Wireless. The most used version is 5.0.2143.0003, 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. 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. The software installer includes 43 files and is usually about 16.58 MB (17,384,504 bytes). In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows XP as well as Windows 7 (SP1). While about 33% of users of Sierra Wireless Watcher come from the United States, it is also popular in Canada and Indonesia.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.SierraWireless.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Sierra Wireless Inc\Watcher\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /I{BF0B77ED-11D9-4AF4-A408-CA75D8676C09}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 16.58 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Sierra Wireless Watcher

  • swi_evdowrappermx.dll - Sierra Wireless Swi EVDO Wrapper Dynamic Link Library (Sierra Wireless Swi EVDO Wrapper DLL)
  • SwiSDKWrapperRes.dll
  • SwiSDKWrapperRes000C.dll
  • WaHelper.exe - WatcherHelper Application
  • SwiSkXUI.dll - Skinned Extended UI API
  • SwiCardDetect.dll - Card Detection Library
  • SwiWRA.dll - Sierra Wireless SwiWRA (SwiWRA)
  • WaveInOut.dll - Audio Routing Library
  • SwiStrRes.dll - String Resource API
  • SwiApiInterface.dll - SwiApiInterface
  • SwiXUI.dll - Extended UI API
  • SwiProfileMgr.dll - SwiProfileMgr (Profile Manager)
  • SwiPhonebkUI.dll - Phonebook UI
  • SwiVoice.dll - Voice Module
  • GpsApp.exe - GPS Monitor
  • SwiGpsUI.dll - GPS Monitor user interface library
  • SwiSMS.dll - SMS Library
  • SwiDevInfo.exe - SwiDevInfo (Device information helper)
  • SwiGSM.dll - GSM Module
  • SwiApiMux.exe - SwiApiMux
  • SwiCxnMgr.dll - SwiCxnMgr (Data connection manager)
  • SwiDialup.dll - SwiDialup (Dial Up Networking (DUN) library)
  • SwiSkinUI.dll - Skin API
  • WaUI.dll - UI Layer
  • Watcher.exe - Watcher
  • SwiSmsUI.dll - SMS UI
  • SwiCDMA.dll - CDMA
  • SwiIOTA.dll - IOTA
  • SwiGps.dll - GPS
  • SwiOMADM.dll
  • WaveVolume.dll - WaveVolume

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • Watcher.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{18E18F69-CBE9-4CAE-A60F-4B5B158AF430}' (runs on registration).
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • WaHelper.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'WatcherHelper' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Sierra Wireless Inc\Watcher\WaHelper.exe".
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • SwiApiMux.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Sierra Wireless Inc\Watcher\SwiApiMux.exe'.

How do I remove Sierra Wireless Watcher?

You can uninstall Sierra Wireless Watcher 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 Sierra Wireless Watcher, 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 Sierra Wireless Watcher.

Win XP 37%
Win Server 2003 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 11%
Keep it 89%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 42.57%
Windows XP 38.12%
Windows Vista 11.39%
Windows 10 7.43%
Windows Server 2003 0.50%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Microsoft Windows XP 38.69%
Windows 7 Home Premium 25.13%
Windows 7 Ultimate 11.06%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 10.05%
Windows 7 Professional 5.53%
Windows 10 Home 2.51%

Distribution by countryGeography

33.48% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 33.48%
  Canada 28.63%
  Indonesia 7.05%
  UA 4.85%
  Germany 4.85%
  Brazil 3.08%
  United Kingdom 2.20%
  France 1.76%
  Thailand 1.32%
  Australia 1.32%
  New Zealand 1.32%
  Italy 1.32%
  Chile 0.88%
  Austria 0.88%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 21.80%
Acer 18.05%
Hewlett-Packard 17.29%
Toshiba 15.04%
ASUS 8.27%
Sahara 5.26%
Lenovo 3.76%
Intel 3.76%
American Megatrends 1.50%
Packard Bell 1.50%
Common models
HP G62 Notebook PC 2.59%
LENOVO Lenovo G580 2.59%
Dell Inspiron 1545 2.59%
TOSHIBA Satellite L75D-A 1.72%
PCCHIPS P53G 1.72%

About Sierra Wireless

Sierra Wireless is a wireless communications equipment manufacturer that sells mobile computing and machine-to-machine communications products that work over cellular networks.
Publisher URL: www.sierrawireless.com


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