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Should I remove Watchdog Anti-Malware?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
7% remove it93% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #46,284
United States Rank #32,929
Reach 0.0017%


VersionDistribution 5.88%
2.72.101 8.82% 5.88%
2.50.133 2.94%
2.50.67 2.94%
2.30.75 14.71%
2.21.321 2.94%
2.21.180 2.94%
2.21.139 2.94%
2.21.94 8.82%
2.20.911 2.94%
2.20.905 8.82%
2.19.904 5.88%
2.19.852 17.65%
2.19.797 2.94%
2.19.737 2.94%

Watchdog Anti-Malware


Watchdog Anti-Malware is a software program developed by Watchdog Development. The most common release is 2.19.852, 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. 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. When installed, it will add a context menu handler to the Windows shell in order to provide quick access to the program. The setup package generally installs about 4 files and is usually about 14.26 MB (14,948,268 bytes). Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 10 and Windows 7 (SP1). While about 72% of users of Watchdog Anti-Malware come from the United States, it is also popular in Australia and Russia.

Program detailsProgram details

Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Watchdog Anti-Malware\
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\Watchdog Anti-Malware\unins000.exe"
Estimated size: 14.26 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Watchdog Anti-Malware

  • ZAMShellExt32.dll (by Zemana) - Zemana AntiMalware
  • ZAM.exe (by Copyright 2017) - ZAM

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Context Menu Handler
  • ZAMShellExt32.dll added to Windows Explorer under the name '2.0 Zemana AntiMalware' with a class of {6ABB1C11-E261-4CEA-BBB5-3836225689DD}.
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • ZAM.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named 2.
  • ZAM.exe runs as a service named 'ZAM Controller Service' (ZAMSvc).
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • ZAM.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'ZAM' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Zemana AntiMalware\ZAM.exe" /minimized.

How do I remove Watchdog Anti-Malware?

You can uninstall Watchdog Anti-Malware 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 Watchdog Anti-Malware, 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 Watchdog Anti-Malware.

Win 10 71%
Win XP 3%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 7%
Keep it 93%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 10 70.59%
Windows 7 23.53%
Windows Vista 2.94%
Windows XP 2.94%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 10 Home 52.94%
Windows 7 Ultimate 11.76%
Windows 7 Home Premium 11.76%
Windows 10 Pro 8.82%
Windows 8 2.94%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 2.94%

Distribution by countryGeography

72.00% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 72.00%
  Australia 6.00%
  Russia 4.00%
  United Kingdom 4.00%
  UA 2.00%
  SD 2.00%
  Sweden 2.00%
  Romania 2.00%
  Croatia 2.00%
  Canada 2.00%
  Poland 2.00%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 38.46%
Dell 26.92%
Acer 11.54%
ASUS 7.69%
Lenovo 3.85%
Toshiba 3.85%
Common models
Hewlett-Packard s5753w 10.00%
Dell Inspiron 3646 6.67%
ASUS All Series 6.67%
ZOTAC ZBOX-EN760 3.33%
TOSHIBA Satellite C855D 3.33%
Packard Bell ONETWO M3700 3.33%


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