What is wm.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 wm.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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Wm.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with wm
Wm.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Novell Client Workstation Manager Service or Workstation Manager Service or ZEN for Desktops Workstation Manager or Workstation Manger Service

belongs to software ZENworks Desktop Management or Novell Client for Windows or ZENworks for Desktops or Novell Workstation Manager

by Novell ( or Novell, INC (

Description: Wm.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Wm.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 152,128 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 149,024 bytes, 151,104 bytes, 3,186,760 bytes or 146,976 bytes. 
The program has no visible window. The application can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. The file is not a Windows core file. The process listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. Wm.exe is able to monitor applications and record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 46% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you encounter difficulties with wm.exe, you can uninstall ZENworks Desktop Management or ZENworks for Desktops from your computer using the Control Panel applet Uninstall a Program.

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If wm.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder, the security rating is 63% dangerous. The file size is 110,665 bytes (66% of all occurrences) or 98,592 bytes. The program has no visible window. Wm.exe is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. It is not a Windows core file. The program listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. Wm.exe is able to monitor applications.

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

Windows Workstation Manager
  princessl   (further information)
How can i disable it for ever on 1 of my 2 networkcard
Liegt bei mir unter c:\Programme\Novell\ZENworks\, find den Namen etwas verdächtig, gerade ein paar Wochen nach der WM :-). Deswegen habe ich mich als ich sie im Taskmanager gesehen hab, mal umgwesehen ob sie gefährlich ist oder nicht. Scheint aber dahin zu gehören: Workstation Manager Service, 149.024 Bytes groß.
Malware installed in the \windows\system32 directory
My quite intrusive ISP, uses it to force installation of unwelcome and unrequired SW on my computer, therefore I block it in the firewall. Access to the Novell networks works anyway. ISP victim  
File occasionally crashes due to unspecified errors, this is often a prelude to other software (like Firefox 3, IE, or GroupWise) also crashing.
  Novell networks user  
não sei na sobre wm exe mais ele apareceu no meu gps midi e não tem uma pessoa ainda para me ajudar pode me inticar um tequinico não acho assistencia me ajude meu tl e 24051940 luiz
  luiz claudio  

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Summary: Average user rating of wm.exe: based on 6 votes with 7 user comments. 2 users think wm.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 3 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user thinks wm.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving wm issues

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