What is wmpenc.exe?

The genuine wmpenc.exe file is a software component of Microsoft® Windows Media Player by Microsoft.
"wmpenc.exe" is a shared library for the files WMPEncEn, WMPEncEn.dll and wmpps, wmpps.dll. It is part of the Windows Media Player software that is installed with Windows Operating Systems. It helps with encoding and playing media files in the Windows Media Player. Microsoft has been one of the global leaders in PC software through providing innovative applications and software that revolutionizes the way PCs are used and operate.

WMPEnc stands for Windows Media Player Encoder Helper

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 wmpenc.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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Wmpenc.exe file information

The process known as Windows Media Player Encoder Helper belongs to software Microsoft® Windows Media Player or Microsoft Windows Operating System by Microsoft (

Description: Wmpenc.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file wmpenc.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 28,672 bytes (60% of all occurrences) or 25,600 bytes. 
The program has no visible window. Wmpenc.exe is a Microsoft signed file. It is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 16% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you experience any issues with installation of wmpenc.exe, you can uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a ProgramWindows Media Format Runtime or Windows Media Format 11 runtime.

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

bei mir löst es eine überlastung des cpu aus
wmpenc.exe is a part of Windows and from Windows Media Player Encoder Helper.
CPU Auslastung mit min 50% PC Tot
  WMP XP  

Summary: Average user rating of wmpenc.exe: based on 5 votes with 3 user comments. One user thinks wmpenc.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 4 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving wmpenc issues

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