What is wallpaper.exe?

The genuine wallpaper.exe file is a software component of Wallpaper Master Pro by James Garton.
Wallpaper.exe is an executable file that is responsible for running the Wallpaper Master Pro program, an application that periodically and automatically changes the desktop wallpaper. This is not a critical Windows component and should be removed if known to cause problems. Wallpaper Master is available in two versions - Free and Pro. While the free version offers features such as storing multiple wallpaper lists as different categories, the ability to rate wallpapers, customizable global hotkeys, etc., the pro version comes with additional features such as support for more filetypes, a fullscreen slideshow mode and screensaver, multimonitor support, ability to skip a cycle if the CPU is too busy (while playing games, for example), etc. Wallpaper Master was created by James Garton, a British computer programmer, using Microsoft Visual C++, maily as a project that allowed him to learn C++. James Garton is based in Leicestershire, UK.

Wallpaper stands for Wallpaper Master Pro

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 wallpaper.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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Wallpaper.exe file information

The process known as Desktop Tool or Desktop Wallpaper Changer belongs to software Wallpaper Master by James Garton (

Description: Wallpaper.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The wallpaper.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 246,272 bytes. 
The program has a visible window. Wallpaper.exe is not a Windows core file. There is no description of the program. The software starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: Run). Wallpaper.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 30% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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

A nice little program that periodically changes the desktop background picture.
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Wallpaper Changer
It's a program that changes wallpapers.

Summary: Average user rating of wallpaper.exe: based on 5 votes with 3 user comments. 5 users think wallpaper.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application.

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Best practices for resolving wallpaper issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with wallpaper. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic 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 6resmon 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 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the wallpaper.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 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. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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