What is WebKit2WebProcess.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 WebKit2WebProcess.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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WebKit2WebProcess.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with WebKit2WebProcess
WebKit2WebProcess.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as WebKit2WebProcess.exe belongs to software Safari or Apple Application Support by Apple (

Description: WebKit2WebProcess.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. WebKit2WebProcess.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files". The file size on Windows 8/7/XP is 14,184 bytes. 
The software has no file description. The program has no visible window. It is digitally signed. The file is not a Windows system file. The file is a Verisign signed file. The process can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. Therefore the technical security rating is 25% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.
The software publisher Apple provides direct support ( and update information ( You could completely remove Safari or Apple Application Support (Control Panel⇒Add/Remove programs).

Recommended: Identify WebKit2WebProcess.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as WebKit2WebProcess.exe. Therefore, you should check the WebKit2WebProcess.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

It's part of SAFARI browser
looks like this file runs in your processes on windows task manager only when you have a web browser open, the more web activity you have going the higher the memory usage is for this, if you close web browser this will disapear out of running processes under the processes tab in task manager.
It's part of Safari 5.1. Every time Safari is launched, WebKit2WebProcess.exe launches also. It is a memory hog, sometimes using as much or more than Safari does. Combined, they use around 200MB of Ram. When I try to turn it off with TaskManager, Safari reloads & WebKit2WebProcess.exe restarts. Also, my laptop's CPU pegs at 100% for several minutes before dropping below 10. I'm not pleased with this at all. My understanding was that the Safari Browser was one of the easier ones on resources.
  Mark Field  
I have not been able to get into the Control Panel since I started have error messages regarding this executable.
  Lady Tech  
It's perfectly fine. It pretty much controls all media being used in a web browser
without it, or it is corrupt, it causes safari to not play youtube videos
Crashy crashy but it worked fine at first
  Ellie E.  
Part of Safari and seems to cause programs to become unstable
This thing brought my Core 2 computer to a crawl... took up 136MB of RAM and was causing my hard drive to constantly thrash. What is it doing, scanning my hard drive and uploading it to Apple? I'm just on XP and I use Safari to test website work.
  Dave H  
Norton 360 memory use warning when running Safari.
I search for webkit2webprocess in my registry and delete it. As a pc user of an obviously Mac-friendly browser, I'm probably going to top using Safari, except for web design.
  Clay Teunis  

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of WebKit2WebProcess.exe: based on 12 votes with 11 user comments. One user thinks WebKit2WebProcess.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. 4 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 4 users suspect danger. One user thinks WebKit2WebProcess.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it. 2 users don't grade WebKit2WebProcess.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving WebKit2WebProcess issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with WebKit2WebProcess. 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 doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, 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 WebKit2WebProcess.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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