What is WLanCfg.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 WLanCfg.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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WLanCfg.exe file information

The process belongs to software Application WLANCfg by Inventel.

Description: WLanCfg.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file WLanCfg.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 459,264 bytes (50% of all occurrences) or 1,486,848 bytes. 
There is an icon for this program on the taskbar next to the clock. The program has a visible window. The WLanCfg.exe file is not a Windows system file. WLanCfg.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 26% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

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

Net Gear Driver for wireless router
Wireless LAN Configuration tool for inventel DSL router
    (further information)
error report keeps popping up even though router working correctly. cannot close it at all. willnot stop unless router disabled. cannot find it to delete it
  s woodcock  
wlancfg and wlancfg5 is a driver for NETGEAR wireless - so if you have a wirless connection its ok and most likely needed
  Graham Dodsworth  
net gear wireless usb adapter configuration utility file
Installed with wireless hardware driver as part of network monitoring service (not hardware operation itself). You can get repeated error pop-ups, even though adapter is working OK, you need to close down the vendors WLAN monitor service, and let Windows XP built-in Wireless Zero Config (WZC) tool run instead. e.g. go to Control Panel/Administartive Tools/Services, Stop the Belkin/Netgear/service and switch it to Manual restart.
Net Gear Wireless driver (required file)
wlancfgg.exe (note double g) belongs to the belkin wireless network utility. reinstall it and it will be okay.
it comes up on the shutdown of the pc and says its go to "end now"
This an unessential process at startup, but windows searches for it (or at least my friends old 98 does after I deleted it .

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of WLanCfg.exe: based on 7 votes with 10 user comments. 4 users think WLanCfg.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. 3 users don't grade WLanCfg.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving WLanCfg issues

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