What is frwl_notify.exe?

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 frwl_notify.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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Frwl_notify.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with frwl_notify
Frwl_notify.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Dr.Web Firewall ® for Windows notify module belongs to software Dr.Web Security Space or Dr.Web anti-virus for Windows or Dr.Web Anti-virus for Windows or Dr.Web Security Space Pro by Doctor Web (

Description: Frwl_notify.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Frwl_notify.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files (x86)"—in most cases C:\Program Files (x86)\DrWeb\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,976,376 bytes (20% of all occurrences), 2,583,304 bytes and 10 more variants. 
The file has a digital signature. The file is not a Windows core file. The program is not visible. The frwl_notify.exe file is a Verisign signed file. The process starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). Frwl_notify.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 22% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: If problems with frwl_notify.exe come up, you can also uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program > Dr.Web Security Space or Dr.Web anti-virus for Windows) or look for help on the website.

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

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with frwl_notify. 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 frwl_notify.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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