How to Disable Alcwzrd.exe at Startup

Alcwzrd.exe ? What is it?

The alcwzrd.exe process is associated with Realtek audio drivers. The main function of the alcwzrd.exe process is to detect new devices when they are plugged in. When alcwzrd.exe detects a new device, it displays a pop up dialog box to inform you about the new device.

Alcwzrd.exe ? File Information

By default, alcwzrd.exe is found in the C:\Windows folder. The most common file sizes of alcwzrd.exe are 2,805,248, 2,550,272, 2,807,808, 2,559,488, 2,551,808, 2,744,832, 2,742,272, 2,533,888 bytes.

You can find an entry related to alcwzrd.exe in the following location in the Windows registry:


By default, alcwzrd.exe loads automatically every time you start your computer.

What are startup programs and is alcwzrd.exe an essential startup program?

Startup programs are those programs that load automatically every time you start your computer. These programs consume important system resources at the time when your computer is booting up. It is advisable to only let essential programs load automatically, as having too many startup programs can substantially delay the computer?s startup and shutdown process.

Alcwzrd.exe is not an essential startup program. You can safely remove this program from your startup item list.

How to prevent alcwzrd.exe from loading automatically

To stop alcwzrd.exe from loading automatically, remove it from your startup item list. To achieve this, perform the following steps:

  1. Click Start and then click Run.
  2. Next, type msconfig and press Enter.
  3. In the System Configuration Utility dialog box, open the Startup tab.
  4. Clear the checkbox before alcwzrd.exe.
  5. Click Apply to save your changes and click OK to exit System Configuration Utility.
  6. Restart your computer.

Alcwzrd.exe ? Security Report

The true alcwzrd.exe is a safe file and that is used by audio drivers from Realtek.

However, instances of malware related to alcwzrd.exe have also been reported. Various malware programs are known to use a process by the same name. Shared below is a list of some of the malware infections that are known to be associated with the malicious alcwzrd.exe file:

  • New [McAfee]
  • Virus:Win32/Autorun [Microsoft]
  • Trojan-Downloader.Win32.VB [Ikarus]
  • Trojan.DL.VB.DVYK [PC Tools]
  • Trojan Horse [Symantec]
  • Mal/Behav-216 [Sophos]
  • Trojan-Downloader.Win32.VB.bko [Kaspersky Lab]
  • W32.SillyFDC [Symantec]
  • Trojan.Win32.VB.bfp [Kaspersky Lab]
  • Virus.Win32.AutoRun.ny [Kaspersky Lab]
  • Generic.dx [McAfee]
  • Backdoor.Win32.VB.bqb [Kaspersky Lab]

How to determine if the alcwzrd.exe file running is not a security threat

Because both the genuine and malware related processes exist with the same name, alcwzrd.exe, it becomes imperative that you ensure that the alcwzrd.exe process running on your computer is not a security threat. To ensure this, run a malware scan using reliable antimalware tools, such as STOPzilla Antivirus and Spyware Cease.

If the scan results will report that you are running a rogue alcwzrd.exe file, immediately remove the malicious alcwzrd.exe from your computer. At this point, run a registry scan using efficient registry cleaning software, such as RegServe, to remove any invalid or harmful entries that the malicious alcwzrd.exe may have injected into your Windows registry.