What is wbload.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 wbload.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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Wbload.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with wbload
Wbload.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as WindowBlinds belongs to software WindowBlinds - by Stardock Systems (

Description: Wbload.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Wbload.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 437,760 bytes (78% of all occurrences), 422,912 bytes and 9 more variants. 
Wbload.exe is not a Windows system file. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. The program is not visible. The software can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. Wbload.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs, manipulate other programs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 56% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In case of problems with wbload.exe, you can also look for help from the software company Stardock, update the program to the latest version or completely remove Stardock MyColors or AlienGUIse Theme Manager (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

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

This is the WindowBlinds launcher app.
  Michael Bøcker-Larsen   (further information)
used for new windows themes
  j rock  
It runs to support changes to your XP theme.
  Mike Allyn  
It customizes the look of the windows desktop; somewhat like a 'skin', as in winamp.
Windows Blinds is an XP addon pack for changing the look of your desktop. It allows you to select a number of different themes and layouts for how Windows displays and interacts.
Habe wbload auf dem Rechner seit ich das Desktop Theme von World of Warcraft installiert habe. Das Theme benötigt anscheinend wbload
Lets you have some nice skins for your desktop :)
Allows you to change your windows skin into ones that you've downloaded...
it puts a hidden add on your computer
It helps you change alot of xp figurations for the better
  Roger   (further information)
AlienGUIse uses this exe to change xp's theme
WindowBlinds App. Lets you change desktop elements and themes. very cool
  Davao   (further information)
It is supposably part of WindowsBlinds.. My AVG just picked it up as a Trojan
its a theme program, app 100% safe
doesnt take much mem
Fable last chapter is not working because of wbload.exe
  Florin Deligiorgi  
Used for Alienware XP skins. Changes the way Windows looks =)
  J Rad   (further information)
As others have said, 100% safe. All my programs seem to work fine with it running. Also, on a side note, NEVER end this process. If you somehow do so by accident, just log off and back on.
  Tanner Husak  

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Summary: Average user rating of wbload.exe: based on 22 votes with 18 user comments. 20 users think wbload.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user suspects danger. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving wbload issues

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