Removal of Drwtsn and drwtsn32 , are they used for anything can they be deleted ?

Posted on 2010-01-12
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Last Modified: 2012-05-08
Is there any reason not to delete these or restrict the rights? If they are deleted what is the harm ?anything depend on this ? I dont think so
Question by:NAMEWITHELD12
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Expert Comment

ID: 26298643
Drwtsn and drwtsn32 are part of Mircosoft windows debugging system and gerenally should be left alone unless they are suspected of causing you problems.
The real question should be why do you want to remove them?  They're small in size, so perhaps you are getting errors related to them?
Certain viruses or malware masquerade as drwtsn/32 so it's important if you're having problems to cover those bases first.  If you still want to remove them my suggestion would be to prevent them from running -> from RUN dialogue, type drwtsn32.exe and press OK.  Clear all the checkboxes and press ok.  this will stop the utility from running.
Simply deleting them is not recommended as it may lead to system instability especially in the case of an application crash.
Hope that helps.

Author Comment

ID: 26298674
I would like to resrict the rights just to adminstrrator , could this cause any harm ? these are only for humans to use not any applictions use them right?

Accepted Solution

joeyjackson earned 2000 total points
ID: 26298896
in theory, (depending on how you're restricting access) you should be able to restrict it to only user 'system', although I've never had any need to test that.
the only time those files would be invoked for system reasons is by 'system'.  Your ability to do that would of course depend on how you plan to restrict access.

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