What is WLService.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 WLService.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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WLService.exe file information

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

The process known as WLService belongs to software GEMTEKS WLService or Compact Wireless-G USB or Linksys Wireless-N USB or Linksys Wireless-N PCI or Linksys Dual Band Wireless-N or WUSB300NSvc or Belkin High-Speed Mode Wireless G USB Driver or Compact Wireless-G USB Adapter by GEMTEKS (

Description: WLService.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. WLService.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" (common is C:\Program Files\BELKIN USB Wireless Monitor\ or C:\Program Files\Linksys Wireless-G USB Wireless Network Monitor\). Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 41,025 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 49,152 bytes and 5 more variants. 
The program has no visible window. The WLService.exe file is not a Windows core file. WLService.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 46% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: The software publisher Belkin provides direct support ( and update information ( You could uninstall BELKIN USB Wireless Monitor or Compact Wireless-G USB from your computer using the Control Panel applet Uninstall a Program.

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If WLService.exe is located in the user's profile folder, the security rating is 56% dangerous. The file size is 49,152 bytes. There is no file information. The program has no visible window. It is not a Windows system file.

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

This is tied to various network adapters - including Belkin and Linksys. It's only installed when you run the EXE for the 'driver' installation and it is NOT needed if you use Windows Wireless Zero Config to manage your wireless device. Uninstall the wirelss manager (Linksys in my case) from the add/remove programs in control panel, and then install the driver from the 'directory' created (c:\Linksys Driver - in my case) and the device will work correctly
  MusicMeister - AKA Ed Spencer  
Belkin Wireless Adapter
  notech   (further information)
its for my wireless card
  laurie atkinson  
49,152 bytes in the C:\Program Files\Airlink101\AWLC3026T directory. Wireless service monitor for the Airlink 101 PC Card. The card will work without this program.
  gospelmidi   (further information)
linksys file for wireless lan
Belkin Wireless USB Utility For Prism Chipsets
Wireless G PCI card
Essential for Linsys/Belkins Wireless Adapters.
  Tyler Blair  
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Summary: Average user rating of WLService.exe: based on 29 votes with 9 reviews. 23 users think WLService.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 3 users think it's probably harmless. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving WLService issues

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