What is wlansta.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 wlansta.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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Wlansta.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with wlansta
Wlansta.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as WLAN network adaptor Status Tray Applet or WLAN Status Tray Applet belongs to software Wireless (version 802.11b LAN) or WLAN network adaptor by IEEE 802.11b or NETGEAR (

Description: Wlansta.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file wlansta.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 151,622 bytes (50% of all occurrences), 147,527 bytes or 151,623 bytes. 
The wlansta.exe file is not a Windows core file. The program has no visible window. The process starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, MACHINE\User Shell Folders). The wlansta.exe file is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. Wlansta.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 54% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: Some malware disguises itself as wlansta.exe, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the wlansta.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

es un driver para instalar una pcmcia para wireles
Autokonfiguration einer WLAN-Netzwerkkarte
En mi caso, instalado en mi portatil al instalar pcmcia para red inalambrica. Cuando intenté desinstalar la pcmcia, no se borró este fichero. Está en el arranque del sistema, asi que cada vez que quitaba la pcmcia, aquello petaba. Logré quitar el fichero con el programa Regcleaner del arranque. Despues memetí en el regedit y borre 4 o 5 cosas relacionadas con él. Todo ok ahora, pero fue un verdadero coñazo. Mierda de Telefonica y de Amper.

Summary: Average user rating of wlansta.exe: based on 3 votes with 3 user comments. 2 users think wlansta.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving wlansta issues

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