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Should I remove WD Security?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
3% remove it97% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Very good
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How common is it?
Global Rank #1,114
United States Rank #931
Reach 0.6209%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 13.45 days
396.77 days >
Average installed length: 208.47 days


VersionDistribution 0.01% 0.05% 0.02% 0.02% 0.18% 0.42% 0.28% 0.02% 1.97% 7.59% 0.01% 6.45% 1.05% 2.05% 1.74% 8.38% 13.04% 5.96% 21.47% 3.38% 0.01% 2.38% 23.54%

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 common release is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. During setup, the program creates a startup registration point in Windows in order to automatically start when any user boots the PC. 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 primary executable is named WDDriveSecurity.exe. The setup package generally installs about 33 files and is usually about 13.58 MB (14,243,346 bytes). The installed file WDUpdate.dll 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\WD Security\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{83270912-15C7-4336-822E-E8F1B1BBCA60}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 13.58 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
  • WDDriveAutoUnlock_IObitDel.exe
  • WD Quick Formatter.exe - WDQuickFormatter.exe (WD Quick Drive Format)
  • WD Quick Formatter_IObitDel.exe
  • WDEncrypt.dll - WD Shared Libraries (WD Encrypt)
  • WDIO.dll - WD IO (32-bit)
  • WDIO_IObitDel.dll
  • WDLocale.dll - WD Locale
  • WDLocale_IObitDel.dll
  • WDLog.dll - WD Log
  • WDNet.dll - WD Network
  • WDNet_IObitDel.dll
  • WDUnzip.exe - WD Unzip
  • WDUpdate.dll - WD Update
  • WDUpdateRCW.dll - WD Update Runtime Callable Wrapper
  • WDUpdateRCW_IObitDel.dll
  • WDUpdateUI.dll - WD Update UI
  • WDUPnP.dll - WD UPnP
  • WDUPnP_IObitDel.dll
  • WDUtilities.dll - WD Utilities
  • WDUtilities_IObitDel.dll
  • DeviceDiscovery.dll - Device Discovery (DeviceDiscovery)
  • WDSecurity.exe - WD Security
  • WDControls.dll - WDControls (WD Controls)
  • WDControls_IObitDel.dll
  • WDDriveSecurity.exe - WDSecurity
  • WDDriveSecurity_IObitDel.exe
  • WDDM.dll - WDDM (WD Drive Utilities)
  • WDDM_IObitDel.dll
  • DevicePlugin.dll - DevicePlugin
  • DeviceViewModel.dll - DeviceViewModel
  • MVVM.dll - MVVM

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

3 Scheduled Tasks
  • WDDriveAutoUnlock.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{F7D1A8DB-D19A-4AE9-9370-B0E7FCB28B2D}' (runs on registration).
  • WDSecurity.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{06277855-69FF-4D51-8517-90D82E27106A}' (runs on registration).
  • WDDriveSecurity.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{D51EF795-C380-4FBF-A78D-88BAAEE6AFEA}' (runs on registration).
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • WDDriveAutoUnlock.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named WD Drive Unlocker_Reg_HKLMWow6432Run.
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:1.78 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0025708795%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00067769%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00189319%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:1,309,764
8,062,084 average
70 average
I/O reads/min:117 Bytes
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.

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 10 48.92%
Windows 7 45.89%
Windows Vista 3.19%
Windows XP 2.00%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 26.97%
Windows 10 Home 17.82%
Windows 8.1 13.10%
Windows 7 Professional 10.09%
Windows 7 Ultimate 7.09%
Windows 10 Pro 6.64%

Distribution by countryGeography

57.77% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 57.77%
  Canada 6.09%
  Germany 5.57%
  United Kingdom 4.84%
  France 2.67%
  Italy 2.44%
  Netherlands 1.77%
  Australia 1.53%
  India 1.29%
  Spain 0.86%
  Belgium 0.84%
  Malaysia 0.70%
  Sweden 0.70%
  Brazil 0.65%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 28.75%
Dell 24.82%
Acer 11.77%
ASUS 11.58%
Toshiba 6.93%
Lenovo 5.50%
Samsung 4.15%
Intel 1.15%
MSI 0.89%
Medion 0.75%
Alienware 0.69%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 7.10%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 5.90%
ASUS All Series 4.78%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 3.70%
Dell XPS 8700 3.10%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 2.35%

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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