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What is WLKeeper.exe?

The genuine WLKeeper.exe file is a software component of SSOFSet Service by Intel.
A Windows service that starts with the operating system, this application stores network settings for a variety of networks. Founded in 1986, Intel is best known for inventing the x86 microprocessor. Today they continue to focus on microprocessors and integrated circuit technology and have a large library of products available for home PCs, both hardware and software.

WLKeeper stands for Windows Local Area Network Keeper

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 WLKeeper.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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WLKeeper.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with WLKeeper
WLKeeper.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as WLANKEEPER or Intel® WLANKeeper SSO Service

belongs to software SSO Service or SSOFSet Service or Intel® Network Connections or Intel® PROSet/Wireless WiFi Software or Intel® PROSet/Wireless SSO Service or support.intel.com/support/index.htm or Intel® PROSet/Wireless WiFi

by Intel® (www.intel.com).

Description: WLKeeper.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file WLKeeper.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" (normally C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\). Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 225,353 bytes (30% of all occurrences), 262,217 bytes and 5 more variants. http://www.file.net/process/wlkeeper.exe.html 
The program is not visible. The WLKeeper.exe file is not a Windows core file. You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. WLKeeper.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs, hide itself and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 28% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: The software publisher Intel provides direct support (www.intel.com/p/en_US/support/) and update information (downloadcenter.intel.com/). You could uninstall Intel Wireless LAN mSSO or Intel(R) Network Connections software via Windows Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 10/8/7).

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If WLKeeper.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder, the security rating is 51% dangerous. The file size is 315,459 bytes. The program has no visible window. The file is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. WLKeeper.exe is not a Windows core file. WLKeeper.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs, hide itself and monitor applications.

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

Related to Intel's Wireless solution
   
WLKeeper.exe is a process assosicated with a wireless lan application from Intel. This process should not be removed unless it is causing problems.
  Dennis  
It appears to be for the wireless network cards mine came with the intel 2200BG mini pci
  Larry  
It appears to be for the wireless network cards mine came with the intel 2200BG mini pci
  Larry  
intel wireless keeper (driver for your intel wireless hardware) keep it ;)
  startoad   (further information)
WLKeeper.exe is a process assosicated with a wireless lan application from Intel. This process should not be removed unless it is causing problems.
  siggi  
u can end the process, it will say no networks aviable but ull still be connected(i am), an sometimes, itll take huge system resources (on my it took 281MB of Mem Usage)
  Paul  
It's for the Intel Wireless Network Card. Doesn't use that much resources (~6000 KB RAM), so there's no need to remove it. It's a keeper ;D
  BadCash  
Wireless for intel. I have 2200BG, not a problem
  Greg  
From the services description: Provides Single Sign On (SSO) functionality. Single sign on to what exactly, it doesn't say.
   
When I shut down this app I lose my wireless.
  Mike  
WLKEEPER.EXE is using for Wireless LAN.
  Walter  
It was using 100%CPU, I killed it and wireless is still available
  lesouth  
I've never seen it before it definatly is not associated with intel wireless cards.
  Blandz  
Wlan for intel 2200bg
  Ron  

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Summary: Average user rating of WLKeeper.exe: based on 16 votes with 15 user comments. 7 users think WLKeeper.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. 6 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user thinks WLKeeper.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it.


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Best practices for resolving WLKeeper issues

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