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Otherwise, its a process used by Windows to play older games. WOWEXEC.EXE is for a 16 bit apps it stays there now and then after you have closed a 16 bit app wait for you to start another dont ... Denny " wowexec.exe", with the blank space before the name, along with "ntvdm.exe", is required for the playing of some very old games such as Tetris for Windows 3.1 (I still Is wowexec.exe spyware or a virus? http://midsolutions.org/general/wowexec-exe.html

P.S: I just had another look at your Task Manager and you do have NTVDM running too! __________________ Dave T. majora2007 wowexec is only dangerous when preceded by an underscore. A space in front of the image name is a simple notation used by Microsoft to highlight a special program. I went to symantech and typed it in their database search.

To help you analyze the wowexec.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 brando Ok i figured out how to check if it is indeed the 16 bit app or if it is the malicious version of the process. It is not a trojan or virus. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 10,368bytes (67% of all occurrences), 10,544bytes and 6 more variants.

This shows which 16 bit progs are running. As far as causing issue sin IE, that must be caused by something else as WoW isn't needed by IE. View accepted solution evera Contributor4 Reg: 24-Apr-2011 Posts: 12 Solutions: 2 Kudos: 0 Kudos0 wowexec Posted: 24-Apr-2011 | 5:47AM • 5 Replies • Permalink I have wowexec.exe in the windows task It may, however, be allowing a 16 bit prog to run that blocks your IE.

One is a vital system process, and another is a hidden trojan, disguised as the usual process. LD if the process " wowexec.exe" in task manager has one space before the name it would be dangerous trojan and it must be dealt with immedialtly otherwise its ok Fred Not every re-boot restarts it. Next time I opened Processes IT WAS GONE!

under XP Proccesses. Try to kill him continuously. Mostly used for old OS compatability. Join Date: Feb 2005 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 7,262 OS: XP Pro SP3, Windows 7 Ultimate (x64), Ubuntu v8.04 My System Think it would've always been there....but it's only used by

  • And the memory its using says nothing(blank) without any number there?
  • it should be a virus/trojan.
  • ZigZagJoe Definatly bad.
  • Chill.
  • This will hack our system" above people have posted links to m$ft site where it tells about the space.
  • Using code written for the VDM, an unprivileged user can inject code of his choosing directly into the system's kernel, making it possible to make changes to highly sensitive parts of
  • Has null for virtual and normal ram usage...

This will hack our system" above people have posted links to m$ft site where it tells about the space. It does have a space before the name under processes but I believe it to be the proper setup for this exe file as it would be a strange trojan to I do not know its purpose though. Nothing is slow, except when I boot up my computer or turn it on after hibernation and try to open the first browser window in that process time, it takes some

It's only needed to get 16-bit apps (mostly games) started. Havent had any problems since. Process name: Microsoft Windows on Windows 16bit Execution Process Application using this process: Microsoft Windows Operating System Recommended: Scan your system for invalid registry entries. In my case, this is a safe windows executable.

There are many suspicious attributes: space in front of the name, no PID, no mem usage stat. free 17.2.2288beta/ Outpost Firewall Pro9.3/ Firefox 52.0esr, uBlock Origin, RequestPolicy/ MailWasher Pro7.8.0/ DropMyRights/ MalwareBytes AntiMalware Premium 2.2.0/ WinPatrol+/ Drive Image 7.1/ SnagIt 10.0/ avast! Since wowexec.exe is a system process it should not be stopped. A lot of people out there have been saying this is a bad file.

It uses no memory for about ten minutes but right when it does a pop-up apears. J-D Damien Kufner Lymie stephen-01 Home ForumsBlogs Ideas Norton ProductsCommunity Norton Hardware Malware Discussion Norton Mobile Products Norton Public Beta Off-Topic Discussion Norton Internet Security | Norton 360 | Norton AntiVirusAnnouncements attaches to registry and Win32 folder, stays on top of all screens,installs with windows and messenger, related to unknow installer that re-enters it in the registry and win32 folder.

The space and other funny things about it such as no memory usage stats are used by Windows to mark it as being used for 16bit apps.

Xarlan i know this i run older kids games on my pc for the kids to play and since i use a pc i have read everything i need for the From what I see its not bad. If you want a detailed security rating about your wowexec.exe (and all other running background processes) read the following user opinions, and download the free trial version of Security Task Manager. all of a sudden wowexec.exe appears in my task manager so i ended the process and deleted the file.

I have seen people spend 5-10 minutes waiting for a program to switch phases and then when i closed this application - magically the program moved on easily. The space before it is supposed to be there to identify any 16-bit applications, Microsoft says so in this link (which is to a MICROSOFT site!) See also: Link Scott It That's the main idea going on in the net. Note: Any malware can be named anything - so you should check where the files of the running processes are located on your disk.

Have you recently been running some 16-bit applications? 08-18-2006, 09:11 AM #8 kpmwrestler Registered Member Join Date: Jun 2006 Posts: 186 OS: win98/winxp, MS-DOS/win31/NT no, but I did Jango This file just starting showing up on my processes, it's never been there before, I end the process but it just keeps comming back, and I'm not running any 16bit I;m using AVG antivirus (paid software). In my case, this is a safe windows executable.

space before it gives it away. Is wowexec.exe harmful? I have read that there is a _wowexec.exe that is a virus. It disapearred when I rebooted.

Jeffrey if you delete wowexec.exe file its created immidatlly See also: Link RoBiCeR Process reports using 00% of processor, labelled " wowexec.exe" No reports as of yet whether or not it The space does not mean it is a trojan or harmful. It's used for running 16-bit or DOS programs in Win32 environment. Then delete the original.

It reduces the internet performance badly. dho I find it in the list of processes for my Gateway2000 (Pentium II), running W2K with an indentation of one space. It also shows a space before its name. The underscored(_) version is bad, though.

So even though you may not be running 16-bit programs the installation files may be 16-bit.