What is AlienwareOn-ScreenDisplay.exe?

The genuine AlienwareOn-ScreenDisplay.exe file is a software component of Alienware On-Screen Display by Dell.
AlienwareOn-ScreenDisplay.exe is an executable file associated with the Alienware OSD or On Screen Display software used to display information for the volume when the volume control keys are pressed on the keyboard. This software is available on many laptops designed for gaming and comes pre-installed in most cases. This file is harmless.

Dell Inc. is an American company that develops, distributes, repairs and supports computer related products and services all across the world. Founded by Michael Dell in 1984, today it sits at number 51 in the Fortune 500 list. With many new corporate acquisitions under its belt, such as Alienware, a company that produces custom gaming rigs. Dell is one of the largest technological corporations in the world, employing more than 103,300 people worldwide.

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the AlienwareOn-ScreenDisplay.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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AlienwareOn-ScreenDisplay.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with AlienwareOn-ScreenDisplay
AlienwareOn-ScreenDisplay.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Alienware On-Screen Display belongs to software Alienware On-Screen Display by Compal Electronics ( or Compal.

Description: AlienwareOn-ScreenDisplay.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. AlienwareOn-ScreenDisplay.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files (x86)"—generally C:\Program Files (x86)\Alienware On-Screen Display\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,545,584 bytes (23% of all occurrences), 1,636,208 bytes and 7 more variants. 
The file is not a Windows system file. The program has no visible window. AlienwareOn-ScreenDisplay.exe is a Verisign signed file. The file has a digital signature. The software starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The process can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. AlienwareOn-ScreenDisplay.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 34% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: If you want to remove the program completely, go to Control Panel ⇒ Software ⇒ Alienware On-Screen Display.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as AlienwareOn-ScreenDisplay.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the AlienwareOn-ScreenDisplay.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.


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Best practices for resolving AlienwareOn-ScreenDisplay issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with AlienwareOn-ScreenDisplay. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the 6resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the AlienwareOn-ScreenDisplay.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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