What is wkssb.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 wkssb.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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Wkssb.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with wkssb
Wkssb.exe process in Windows Task Manager

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

Description: Wkssb.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Wkssb.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 331,830 bytes. 
The program starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The wkssb.exe file is not a Windows core file. The application can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. Wkssb.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 19% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: The developer Microsoft provides a website for help and for updates. There is also an uninstaller (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program ⇒ Microsoft Works).

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as wkssb.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the wkssb.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 is working in the ms work it is crash
It is now an outdated program.

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of wkssb.exe: based on 6 votes with 2 user comments. 2 users think wkssb.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users think wkssb.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it.

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Best practices for resolving wkssb issues

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