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What’s WUDFHost.exe (Windows Driver Foundation - User-mode Driver Framework Host Process)? Is it safe or a virus?

Use any external drives or devices with your PC? Well, if you want to keep using those things you probably don't want to disable this important process that's running on your PC. Here at our cybersecurity labs in Austin, Texas, we found pretty much every Windows device we have has this important Microsoft executable and it's 100% safe. So what all does this thing do?

WUDFHost.exe is a Windows User Mode Driver Framework Host Process that is responsible for managing user-mode driver processes. These processes are essential for the functioning of certain hardware components in a Windows operating system.

WUDFHost.exe allows the system to communicate with user-mode drivers and enables the smooth operation of Plug and Play devices such as USB drives, printers, and hardware sensors.

(Researched by Carl @ SpyShelter Labs)

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Who makes WUDFHost.exe (Windows Driver Foundation - User-mode Driver Framework Host Process)?

We’ve found Microsoft Windows should be the publisher of WUDFHost.exe.

How do we know? Our SpyShelter cybersecurity labs focuses on monitoring different types of Windows PC executables and their behaviors for our popular SpyShelter Antispyware software. Learn more about us, and how our cybersecurity team studies Windows PC executables/processes.

What does it mean if someone is the publisher of a PC .exe (executable or process)?

The publisher of an executable is the entity responsible for its distribution and authenticity. Most processes/executables on your PC should be signed. The signature on the executable should have been verified through a third party whose job it is to make sure the entity is who it says it is. Find an unsigned executable? You should consider scanning any completely unsigned .exe on your PC.

Is WUDFHost.exe safe or a virus?

Below are 4 simple steps you can take to see if the WUDFHost.exe process is safe or malware.

  1. Scan the executable with Microsoft's built-in tech
  2. Find WUDFHost.exe's publisher
  3. Search the executable's hash with VirusTotal
  4. Monitor the executable's behavior
Last updated: February 3, 2024

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