What is wlan.exe?

The genuine wlan.exe file is a software component of Microsoft Windows by Microsoft.
WLan.exe is a tool that uses the native wireless functionality in Microsoft Windows to capture and deploy WLAN (wireless local area network) profiles. WLAN profiles allow settings regarding different programs' access to the Internet and user privileges to be saved. WLAN profiles can be obtained from other systems as well as deployed to target machines. Microsoft was founded in 1975 by Bill Gates and Paul Allen and quickly rose to prominence following the launch of their popular operating system, MS-DOS, for early personally computers. Microsoft began developing graphical user interface and the distinguishable Start-button on the introduction on Windows 95. Further additions like networking and security soon followed.

WLAN stands for Wireless Local Area Network

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 wlan.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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Wlan.exe file information

The process known as 802.11b/g Configure and Monitor Utility or WLAN MFC Application or Cliente inalambrico USB belongs to software WLAN Application or IEEE 802.11g Wireless LAN - USB or IEEE 802.11g Cliente by Generic.

Description: Wlan.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The wlan.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 847,872 bytes (66% of all occurrences) or 557,056 bytes. 
The file is not a Windows system file. The program is not visible. Therefore the technical security rating is 36% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If problems with IEEE 802.11g Wireless LAN - USB or IEEE 802.11g Cliente occur, you may also uninstall it from your computer using the Control Panel applet Uninstall a Program.

Recommended: Identify wlan.exe related errors

If wlan.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder, the security rating is 69% dangerous. The file size is 221,184 bytes. There is no file information. Wlan.exe is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The program is not visible. The application starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, MACHINE\User Shell Folders, Userinit). The wlan.exe file is not a Windows core file. Wlan.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs.

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


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Summary: Average user rating of wlan.exe: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user thinks wlan.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application.

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Best practices for resolving wlan issues

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