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What is kmw_run.exe?

Kmw_run.exe is a executable file (a program) within Windows. The filename extension .exe denotes an executable file. You should only run executable files from publishers you trust, because executable files can potentially change your computer settings or harm your computer. The free file information forum can help you determine if kmw_run.exe is a virus, trojan, spyware, or adware that you can remove, or a file belonging to a Windows system or to an application you can trust.

Kmw_run.exe file information

The process known as Kensington MouseWorks Win32 Support belongs to software KMW by Kensington Technology Group (www.kensington.com).

Description: Kmw_run.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. kmw_run.exe is located in the folder C:\Windows\System32 or sometimes in a subfolder of C:\Windows. Known file sizes on Windows 7/XP are 106,496 bytes (67% of all occurrences), 118,784 bytes, 102,400 bytes or 49,152 bytes. http://www.file.net/process/kmw_run.exe.html 
There is no file information. The kmw_run.exe file is not a Windows core file. The program is not visible. Kmw_run.exe is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The process starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run). It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. Kmw_run.exe is able to hide itself. Therefore the technical security rating is 83% dangerous; however you should also read the users reviews.

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External information from Paul Collins:

  • "kmw_run.exe" can run at start up. Kensington MouseWorks - mouse/trackball software. Not required unles you use any special features

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as kmw_run.exe. Therefore, you should check the kmw_run.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


User Comments

Kensington Mouse (Trackball) When I downloaded the cd that came with it my spyware detector found a couple of things-may be false positives as I haven't seen any other comments but do a scan after installing to be sure-mine works fine after deleting the (possible) adware
Comes with Kensington mouse (trackball). It is possible that it is spyware. However, the reason it is put in high risk is because it needs to be able to take and push basic windows functions. Reason being, it has a few extra buttons giving the user the ability to assign commands to each, these may be unique to each program.
Kensington Wireless Mouse driver
the mouse I bought worked fine before installing software, and after installing software, I have to reboot laptop sometimes if mouse is not plugged in and I want to use the Latptop mouse, it seems to have caused more problems then any real purpose
  Jason Hall  
It's a parasite.. I cant uninstall it! OMG! and it's a lousy product.. limited range.. and on start up.. if its not being used.. it locks up my Toshiba Lap top touch pad... I had to roll back my start up files......
After installation ..I have to reboot to get my touch pad to work.. if my USB Kensington wireless mouse isnt plugged in.
conflicts with Microsoft Update
i have the track ball version and experience problems when my laptop goes to sleep. when it wakes up neither the mouse pad or joy stick work properly, the pointer just hovers around the edges of the screen. i have to plug in my usb mouse to make it do anything. definitely would not recommend this product.
I have used the Kensington Mouse Works track balls, THREE MODELS and KMW is not malware or anything bad. I couldn't work my audio-video editing work witout my track ball. Used them since 1999. I use XP Pro SP3.
  Tom 2012 February  
It is the software and drivers for a Kensington trackball.
  Mark Schuster   (further information)

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of kmw_run.exe: based on 11 votes with 10 user comments.
7 users think kmw_run.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user thinks kmw_run.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 3 users don't grade kmw_run.exe ("not sure about it").

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