What is qcwlicon.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 qcwlicon.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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Qcwlicon.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with qcwlicon
Qcwlicon.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as IBM Access Connections - Wireless Status Icon or ThinkVantage Access Connections - Wireless Status Icon belongs to software IBM Access Connections or IBM ThinkPad Utility or ThinkVantage Access Connections by IBM ( or Lenovo (

Description: Qcwlicon.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Qcwlicon.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files"—usually C:\Program Files\ThinkPad\ConnectUtilities\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 53,248 bytes (69% of all occurrences), 86,016 bytes, 81,920 bytes or 49,152 bytes. 
It is not a Windows core file. Qcwlicon.exe is a file with no information about its developer. The process is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The program has no visible window. Therefore the technical security rating is 50% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you want to remove the program completely, go to Control Panel ⇒ Software ⇒ IBM Access Connections or ThinkVantage Access Connections.

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External information from Paul Collins:

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

Used by IBM Thinkpad laptops with built-in wireless card (802.11). System Tray icon that provides a shortcut to "Wireless Connection Status" and allows to turn WL on and off
  martin   (further information)
Part of IBM Access Connect which helps manage various connection profiles.
  Some Guy   (further information)
On occasion it has been known to suck up 100% of CPU - I then kill it using task manager with no visible impact other than cpu becomes available again.
  My Opinion Phred  
if you really have to, you can kill it, but I don't know about deleting it
it helps you find the available wireless networks easier.. unfortunately i deleted it by mistake

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of qcwlicon.exe: based on 10 votes with 7 user comments. 7 users think qcwlicon.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger.

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Best practices for resolving qcwlicon issues

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