What is WL.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 WL.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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WL.exe file information

The process known as Lock Windows Desktop or IconView MFC Application belongs to software WinLock or IconView Application by AMF (

Description: WL.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. WL.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 143,360 bytes (42% of all occurrences), 315,392 bytes or 192,512 bytes. 
There is no description of the program. The program has no visible window. The WL.exe file is not a Windows core file. It is a Microsoft signed file. WL.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 39% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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If WL.exe is located in the C:\Windows folder, the security rating is 52% dangerous. The file size is 38,400 bytes. The program is not visible. It is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. The file is not a Windows system file. WL.exe is able to monitor applications.

Important: Some malware also uses the file name WL.exe, for example not-a-virus:RiskTool.Win32.Winlocker.a (detected by Kaspersky), and TROJ_RANSOM.B (detected by TrendMicro). Therefore, you should check the WL.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 also hides itself in C:\Windows\temp
WL.exe is part of my Belkin F9L1101 Driver Installation

Summary: Average user rating of WL.exe: based on 2 votes with 2 user comments. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user thinks WL.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving WL issues

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