What is wish.exe?

The genuine wish.exe file is a software component of Tk 8.5 for Windows by ActiveState.
Wish is the window shell for Tcl scripting using Tk 8.5 for Windows. Tcl, or Tool Command Language, is an object oriented programming language used for scripting, GUI testing, and rapid prototyping. Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, ActiveState produces development tools that support various programming languages on several platforms.

WiSh stands for Windowing Shell for TK

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 wish.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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Wish.exe file information

The process known as Wish Application belongs to software Tk 8.5 for Windows or Tk 8.4 for Windows by ActiveState (

Description: Wish.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file wish.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 36,864 bytes (66% of all occurrences), 24,576 bytes or 393,216 bytes. 
The program has a visible window. The file is not a Windows core file. The software uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. Therefore the technical security rating is 22% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you run into problems with wish.exe, you can also uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program > aMSN).

Recommended: Identify wish.exe related errors

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

Git for Windows apparently uses it
  charles ross  

Summary: Average user rating of wish.exe: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving wish issues

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