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What is wmplayer.exe?

Wmplayer.exe is a executable file (a program) within Windows. The filename extension .exe denotes an executable file. You should only run executable files from publishers you trust, because executable files can potentially change your computer settings or harm your computer. The free file information forum can help you determine if wmplayer.exe is a virus, trojan, spyware, or adware that you can remove, or a file belonging to a Windows system or to an application you can trust.

Wmplayer.exe file information

The process known as Windows Media Player or Windows Media Audio belongs to software Microsoft Windows Operating System or Microsoft® Windows Media Player or Media or Windows Media Audio by Microsoft (www.microsoft.com) or Windows Media File or Windows Media Audio.

Description: The original wmplayer.exe from Microsoft is an important part of Windows, but often causes problems. wmplayer.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 7/XP are 73,728 bytes (39% of all occurrences), 64,000 bytes and 9 more variants. http://www.file.net/process/wmplayer.exe.html 
Wmplayer.exe is a Windows core system file. The wmplayer.exe file is a trustworthy file from Microsoft. The software uses ports to connect to a LAN or the Internet. Therefore the technical security rating is 4% dangerous, however also read the users reviews.
If you encounter difficulties with wmplayer.exe, you could also uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Add/Remove programs ⇒ Windows Media Format Runtime or Windows Media Format 11 runtime.

Recommended: Identify wmplayer.exe related errors

Viruses with the same file name

Is wmplayer.exe a virus? No, it is not. The true wmplayer.exe file is a safe Microsoft Windows system process, called "Windows Media Player". However, writers of malware programs, such as viruses, worms, and trojans deliberately give their processes the same file name to escape detection. Viruses with the same file name are for example Trojan.Autoit.Agent.AE (detected by F-Secure), and TROJ_GEN.USA03MO or TROJ_SPNR.08C912 (detected by TrendMicro).
To ensure that no rogue wmplayer.exe is running on your PC, click here to run a Free Malware Scan.

How to recognize suspicious variants? If wmplayer.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Documents and Settings", the security rating is 67% dangerous. The file size is 233,472 bytes (88% of all occurrences), 4,194,304 bytes or 7,340,032 bytes. There is no file information. The program has no visible window. The application starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServices, C:\Windows\win.ini). The file is not a Windows core file. Wmplayer.exe is able to monitor applications and manipulate other programs.

If wmplayer.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows, the security rating is 16% dangerous. The file size is 168,960 bytes. The program is not visible. It is a Microsoft signed file. It is not a Windows core file.

If wmplayer.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\, the security rating is 32% dangerous. The file size is 140,291 bytes.

If wmplayer.exe is located in the folder C:\Windows\System32, the security rating is 90% dangerous. The file size is 100,352 bytes.

External information from Paul Collins:
There are different files with the same name:

  • "loader" definitely not required. Unknown baddie - WMPLAYER.EXE is stored in the location and uses the same name as Windows Media Player but that valid Windows program doesn't load at startup
  • "Media Player" definitely not required. Added by the AGOBOT-BM WORM!
  • "run=" definitely not required. CoolWebSearch parasite variant - Note: this is not the Windows Media Player executable!

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as wmplayer.exe, particularly when located in the c:\windows or c:\windows\system32 folder. Therefore, you should check the wmplayer.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

errr.as stated!
  Thom Chesshyre   (further information)
The normal file is not dangerous but if u are connected to the net and STM is at 100% for this process ... then we have a problem
Windows Media Player. No threat
  Sean A. Turvey U.E.   (further information)
Windows Media Player
windows media player
its a media player
Problems in frequent calls of Windows Media Player
  J. Richter   (further information)
CPU jumps to 90+% and speaker make odd sounds
  Dr. L. J. Morton, Texas  
it eats at my cpu usage

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of wmplayer.exe: based on 17 votes with 9 user comments.
9 users think wmplayer.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 3 users suspect danger. 2 users think wmplayer.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 3 users don't grade wmplayer.exe ("not sure about it").

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