What is WkDetect.exe?

The genuine WkDetect.exe file is a software component of Microsoft Works by Microsoft.
This is a background program which automatically looks for updates to Microsoft Works when you are connected to the Internet. Microsoft Works is a discontinued Microsoft office suite. It was less expensive than the current Microsoft Office suite of programs but had fewer features. Its core functionality included a word processor, a spreadsheet and a database management system.

WkDetect stands for Microsoft® Works Update Detection

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 WkDetect.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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WkDetect.exe file information

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

The process known as Microsoft® Works Update Detection belongs to software Microsoft Works by Microsoft (

Description: WkDetect.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. WkDetect.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" (typically C:\Program Files\Microsoft Works\). The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 28,739 bytes. 
The program has a visible window. The program starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: Run, MACHINE\Run). WkDetect.exe is not a Windows core file. The software can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. WkDetect.exe appears to be a compressed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 8% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you still experience problems with WkDetect.exe, you may want to remove the entire program Microsoft Works using Windows Control Panel.

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

Not dangerous, the Works Distance Call.
Not a valid MS updater file

Summary: Average user rating of WkDetect.exe: based on 2 votes with 2 user comments. One user thinks WkDetect.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks WkDetect.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving WkDetect issues

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