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Should I remove WD Security?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
6% remove it94% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Very good
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How common is it?
Global Rank #6,372
United States Rank #5,770
Reach 0.0707%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 19.88 days
586.40 days >
Average installed length: 308.11 days


VersionDistribution 49.03%
1.0.0 50.97%

Typically installed together

WD Security

What is WD Security?

WD Drive Utilities and WD Security, are contained within the WD Drive Utilities and the WD Security zip files and installs custom Western Digital software for WD USB and FireWire enabled external hard drives.


The most used version is 1.0.0, 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 main program executable is WDDriveSecurity.exe. The software installer includes 15 files and is usually about 13.6 MB (14,255,415 bytes). WDUpdateRCW.dll is the automatic update component of the software designed to download and apply new updates should new versions be released.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: support.wdc.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Western Digital\WD Apps\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{EFC0BA9B-F472-4559-B655-9C47281F9483}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 13.6 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by WD Security

Program executable:WDDriveSecurity.exe
WD Security
Path:C:\Program Files\Western Digital\WD Security\WDDriveSecurity.exe
Additional files:
  • WDDriveAutoUnlock.exe - WD Drive Auto Unlock
  • WD Quick Formatter.exe - WDQuickFormatter.exe
  • WDLocale.dll - WD Shared Libraries (WD Locale)
  • WDUtilities.dll - WDUtilities
  • WDDriveUtilities.exe - WD Drive Utilities
  • WDUpdateRCW.dll - WDUpdateRCW
  • WDUpdate.dll - WD Update
  • WDUnzip.exe
  • WDControls.dll - WDControls (WD Controls)
  • WDDriveSecurity.exe - WDSecurity (WD Security)
  • WDDM.dll - WDDM
  • WDEncrypt.dll - WD Encrypt
  • WDIO.dll - WD I/O
  • WDUPnP.dll - WD UPnP

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • WDDriveAutoUnlock.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{B3FC19BC-7B9A-4FD2-AA9C-4EC8AA045CC7}' (runs on registration).
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • WDDriveAutoUnlock.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named 15.
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • 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.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:2.8 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0000550939%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00002476%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00003033%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:2,309,781
8,062,084 average
70 average
I/O reads/min:16.37 KB
435.61 KB average

How do I remove WD Security?

You can uninstall WD Security 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 WD Security, 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 WD Security.

Win 7 (SP1) 64%
Win 7 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 6%
Keep it 94%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 67.77%
Windows 10 19.53%
Windows Vista 7.68%
Windows XP 4.95%
Windows Server 2003 0.07%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 42.47%
Windows 7 Professional 12.16%
Windows 7 Ultimate 9.84%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 5.93%
Windows 8.1 4.99%
Microsoft Windows XP 4.92%

Distribution by countryGeography

50.70% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 50.70%
  Canada 6.65%
  United Kingdom 5.02%
  France 4.38%
  Germany 2.63%
  Australia 2.33%
  Italy 2.16%
  Brazil 1.46%
  India 1.28%
  Iran 1.23%
  Netherlands 1.23%
  Sweden 1.11%
  Israel 1.11%
  Indonesia 0.99%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 28.81%
Dell 22.52%
Acer 11.70%
ASUS 10.82%
Toshiba 9.27%
Samsung 6.07%
Lenovo 4.42%
Apple 0.88%
Alienware 0.66%
American Megatrends 0.66%
MSI 0.66%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 9.85%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 6.31%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 2.27%
Dell Studio 1558 2.02%
Dell Dell System XPS L5... 1.77%
Dell XPS 8500 1.77%

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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