What is Prismsta.exe?

The genuine Prismsta.exe file is a software component of PRISM Wireless LAN by Intersil Americas Inc.
The file is part of the driver for Intersil's PRISM wireless LAN PCI card. The company was formed in August 1999 when it acquired the semiconductor business of Harris Corporation and began operating as Intersil Corporation. Intersil develops market leading products in power management and precision analog technology and supplies a full range of power IC solutions including battery management, computing power, display power, regulators and controllers and power modules.

PRISMSTA stands for PRISM Status Tray Applet

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 Prismsta.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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Prismsta.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with Prismsta
Prismsta.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as PRISM Status Tray Applet or PRISM Setup Applet belongs to software PRISM Wireless LAN or D-Link Air Wireless Configuration Utility by Intersil Americas ( or D-Link ( or Wireless.

Description: Prismsta.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file Prismsta.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder (usually C:\WINDOWS\system32\ or C:\Program Files\2Wire 802.11g Wireless\). Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 215,552 bytes (89% of all occurrences), 147,543 bytes, 217,347 bytes or 156,704 bytes. 
The program has no visible window. The program starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). It is not a Windows system file. It is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. Prismsta.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 45% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: Some malware disguises itself as Prismsta.exe, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the Prismsta.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.


User Comments

device driver for wireless LAN
Dies ist der Medion ( Aldi Rechner '04), bisher nichts negatives gefunden?! gehört wohl zu der beiligenden Software?!
Lan Configuration Utility - Installed with most Linksys Wireless Network cards
This is part of Intersil Prism Wireless Lan Drivers.
for tray applet manager, for PRISM wireless LAN card ,
Statusanzeige und Treiberstart für WLAN-Karte
Downloadable file
I can't open it on my Windows 95 PC
  Dave Hoffman  

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Summary: Average user rating of Prismsta.exe: based on 7 votes with 8 user comments. 6 users think Prismsta.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving Prismsta issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with Prismsta. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic 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 resmon 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 DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the Prismsta.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security 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. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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