The werfault.exe process is responsible for the Windows Error Reporting function in Microsoft Windows. The feature provides updates and notifications to users about application faults, kernel faults, unresponsive applications, and other problems related to various Windows applications. The process can also provide users with troubleshooting features and information.

File name: Werfault.exe
Application: Windows Error Reporting
Publisher: Microsoft
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Possible causes of Werfault.exe errors

These errors are frequently caused by conflicts with the file or installation profile, misuse of the file or respective directories, or a malicious attack on the system.

  • When conflicts arise on the profile or with the file, the application may be unable to transmit data between the necessary files.
  • When a file or directory is misused or damaged, the application as a whole may be unable to load.
  • Malicious attacks or infections on the system may render the entire system frozen or unable to perform any necessary computing functions.
Regardless of the cause, determining the best solution should be the first action step when noticing any system-related computer errors.

Is Werfault.exe a dangerous file (virus, malware, spyware)?

In most cases, the file is considered to be safe. However, files do become corrupt at times and some malicious files are disguised to represent known, secure system files. When that happens, they can be very difficult to detect and remove, but using a comprehensive system scan usually detects them and allows you to safely remove them.

Known Werfault.exe error messages

Werfault.exe error

Common error messages users may see include:

  • File not found: Werfault.exe
  • Cannot find file: Werfault.exe
  • Device not recognized missing Werfault.exe file
As the file is associated with USB connections to the computer, a keyboard, mouse, or other piece of hardware connected to the machine through a USB cable may be causing the error or may be unable to function properly due to the error.

Should I stop the Werfault.exe task or process within the Task Manager?

Unless you have experience managing the processes and tasks on your machine, it is best to allow a system scanner or registry scanner to handle those tasks. Many of the tasks are required for performing specific operations on your machine and removing them may cause your program or entire computer to malfunction or reboot.

Should I download a new copy of the Werfault.exe file?

The only time you should ever download a new version of a system file is when it comes through an application update or from the publisher directly. Be very cautious when downloading system files from third-party websites as they may contain additional software that you would install without knowing. This could cause an even larger issue than the error you are getting from this file!
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Best way to fix Werfault.exe errors

When these errors occur, verify if any new hardware or software has been added. If so, simply removing the new hardware or software may resolve the issue. If not, follow the steps below.

  1. Scan for any driver updates for new equipment. If new equipment or programs have been loaded, they may require updated drivers. Download new, secure drivers and perform a clean system restart.
  2. Download and install updates for the operating system. Regardless of the operating system version you are using, it is always considered good practice to install the latest security updates.
  3. Use anti-virus and anti-malware applications. Most virus scanners will protect your machine from basic threats. To increase your protection, use a malware scanner as well.
If the above steps fail to resolve the issue, it may be due to outdated hardware or software.

More information about Werfault.exe

One suggestion users have to remove this error is to disable the process from running. Simply follow these steps to disable werfault.exe:

  • Click on 'Start'.
  • Click on 'Control Panel'.
  • Click on 'Windows Error Reporting'.
  • Click on 'System and Maintenance'.
  • Click on 'Problem Reports and Solutions'.
  • Click on 'Change Settings' located on the left side panel of the 'Problem Reports and Solutions' window.
  • Select your preference for what your system should do when encountering an error.
  • Click on 'Advanced Settings'.
  • Select 'Off' to turn off 'Error Reporting'.

Another solution to disable Windows Error Reporting on Windows 7:

  • Click on 'Start'.
  • Click on 'Control Panel'.
  • Click on 'System and Security' then find 'Administrative Tools'.
  • Right-click on 'Services' and then click 'Run as Administrator'.
  • Select 'Windows Error Reporting' Service.
  • Double-click it and click 'Stop' to disable it.

If the above solutions fail to resolve the issue, your system may be maliciously damaged. Another process that may be impacted is the igfxtray.exe file.


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Allen Quinn, Editor
Hey everyone, Allen here. I've been involved in tech support roles for more than 15 years and understand the pains and frustrations associated with broken computers. It's my goal to provide you with the help and knowledge you need to get and keep your computer in working order.


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