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Should I remove Western Digital USB Host Controller Driver?

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8% remove it92% keep it
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Western Digital USB 3.0 Host Controller Driver


Western Digital USB 3.0 Host Controller Driver is a software program developed by Western Digital Technologies. 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 software is designed to connect to the Internet and adds a Windows Firewall exception in order to do so without being interfered with. The primary executable is named ShouldIRemoveIt.exe. The setup package generally installs about 4 files and is usually about 895.3 KB (916,786 bytes). Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 7 (SP1) and Windows 10. While about 67% of users of Western Digital USB Host Controller Driver come from the United States, it is also popular in Germany and France.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.wdc.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Western Digital\USB 3.0 Host Controller Driver\
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\InstallShield Installation Information\{D7BF9739-8A68-4335-BBEE-37752AD9E86B}\setup.exe" -runfromtemp -l0x0409 -removeonly
Estimated size: 895.3 KB

Program filesFiles installed by Western Digital USB 3.0 Host Controller Driver

Program executable:ShouldIRemoveIt.exe
Additional files:
  • nusb3ver.dll (by NEC Electronics) - NEC Electronics USB 3.0 Driver (Product Version Information)
  • nusb3mon.dll (by NEC Electronics) - USB 3.0 Monitor
  • nusb3mon.exe
  • nusb3utl.exe - USB 3.0 Device Driver (USB 3.0 Host Controller Utility Program)

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • nusb3utl.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{1A8ED196-F455-4DB7-8E7D-42CB9275A6C8}' (runs on registration).
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • nusb3mon.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named 1.
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • nusb3mon.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'NUSB3MON' which loads as "C:\Program Files\NEC Electronics\USB 3.0 Host Controller Driver\Application\nusb3mon.exe".
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • nusb3utl.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\NEC Electronics\USB 3.0 Host Controller Driver\Application\nusb3utl.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:2.34 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0008217677%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00031969%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00050208%
0.015104% average
70 average

How do I remove Western Digital USB Host Controller Driver?

You can uninstall Western Digital USB Host Controller Driver 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 Western Digital USB 3.0 Host Controller Driver, 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 Western Digital USB Host Controller Driver.

Win 7 (SP1) 76%
Win 7 2%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 8%
Keep it 92%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 78.11%
Windows 10 14.81%
Windows XP 4.71%
Windows Vista 2.36%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 37.16%
Windows 7 Professional 22.30%
Windows 7 Ultimate 17.91%
Microsoft Windows XP 4.73%
Windows 10 Home 3.38%
Windows 8.1 2.70%

Distribution by countryGeography

67.40% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 67.40%
  Germany 9.07%
  France 5.15%
  Canada 3.92%
  Netherlands 1.72%
  Belgium 1.47%
  Switzerland 1.23%
  United Kingdom 0.98%
  TN 0.98%
  Spain 0.74%
  Israel 0.74%
  Austria 0.49%
  Australia 0.49%
  Greece 0.49%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 43.92%
Hewlett-Packard 27.70%
Intel 4.05%
Acer 2.70%
American Megatrends 2.70%
ASUS 2.03%
Lenovo 1.35%
Toshiba 1.35%
Common models
Dell XPS 8300 7.43%
Dell Inspiron 580 2.70%
Gigabyte P55A-UD3R 2.03%
Dell Studio XPS 8100 2.03%
Dell Studio XPS 435T/9000 2.03%
Dell Studio XPS 435MT 2.03%

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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