What is wmp.exe?

The genuine wmp.exe file is a software component of Windows Media Player by Microsoft.
A Windows application for watching movies and playing music. It's not classified as an essential file for the Windows operating system and is typically started during the boot-up process. The player can be visually customised and enhanced by applying different 'skins'.

WMP stands for Windows Media Player

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 wmp.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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Wmp.exe file information

The process known as wmp.exe belongs to software eMusic Download Manager or Windows Media Format (version 11 runtime) by unknown.

Description: Wmp.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file wmp.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 126,220 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 102,912 bytes or 1,205,781 bytes. 
It is a file with no information about its developer. The file is not a Windows system file. The process is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Run). Therefore the technical security rating is 39% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: In the event of any problems with wmp.exe, you can uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a ProgrameMusic Download Manager or Windows Media Format 11 runtime.

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If wmp.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder, the security rating is 46% dangerous. The file size is 77,512 bytes. The program has a visible window. The wmp.exe file is a file with no information about its developer. The software starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Run). It is not a Windows system file. wmp.exe appears to be a compressed file.

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as wmp.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder, for example BackDoor-CEP.svr (detected by McAfee), and Win32:Bifrose-AHZ (detected by Avast). Therefore, you should check the wmp.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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Best practices for resolving wmp issues

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