What is wcmdmgr.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 wcmdmgr.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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Wcmdmgr.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with wcmdmgr
Wcmdmgr.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as wcmdmgr belongs to software WildTangent Updater Service or Wild Tangent Updater or WildTangent wcmdmgr by WildTangent (

Description: Wcmdmgr.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file wcmdmgr.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows (e.g. C:\WINDOWS\wt\updater\). Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 143,360 bytes (28% of all occurrences), 139,264 bytes and 4 more variants. 
The program is not visible. The file is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The wcmdmgr.exe file is not a Windows core file. Wcmdmgr.exe is able to hide itself. Therefore the technical security rating is 52% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as wcmdmgr.exe. Therefore, you should check the wcmdmgr.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

Can be harmlessly blocked by renaming the .exe portion to .exx. This works for all .exe files I have had to remove.
  R Shaw  
It tells you it's installing when you install their games, it helps make other games to work on systems like yours, it send system info to do this. I've had it on different computer for years with no problems. NOT DANGEROUS.
  Emerson S   (further information)
products of windows
install itself into control panel
Connects to Wild Tangent without users knowledge. Useless and can be removed
Seems to invite more spyware and trojans to my computer. Difficult to completely get rid of it.
Wild Tangent = Bad. ALWAYS
  Kyle B  
It's sole purpose seems to be connecting to the 'net and transfering information. Can see no value with it. BLOCK WITH PROGRAM CONTROL
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of wcmdmgr.exe: based on 27 votes with 9 reviews. 5 users think wcmdmgr.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. 6 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 8 users suspect danger. 6 users think wcmdmgr.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 3 users don't grade wcmdmgr.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving wcmdmgr issues

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