What is WNA3100.exe?

The genuine WNA3100.exe file is a software component of WNA3100 Wireless Adapter by Netgear.
A driver file packaged with a user interface, WNA3100.exe supports the Netgear 3100 Wireless Network Adapter. The 3100 plugs into a workstation via USB, and this file provides all of the necessary software to make it fully functional. It is packaged with a streamlined, easy to use graphical interface that allows various settings to be modified. Headquartered in San Jose, CA, Netgear has produced networking software and hardware since 1996.

WNA3100 stands for Wireless Network Adapter 3100

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 WNA3100.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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WNA3100.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with WNA3100
WNA3100.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Netgear belongs to software NETGEAR WNA3100 wireless USB (version 2.0 adapter) or NETGEAR Genie Application by NETGEAR (

Description: WNA3100.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The WNA3100.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 8,266,456 bytes (30% of all occurrences), 4,577,760 bytes and 4 more variants. 
WNA3100.exe is not a Windows core file. The program is not visible. The program is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\User Shell Folders). The WNA3100.exe file is a Verisign signed file. It is certified by a trustworthy company. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. WNA3100.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 43% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: The software vendor offers the option to go to the software publisher,, for advice or completely remove NETGEAR WNA3100 wireless USB 2.0 adapter (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as WNA3100.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the WNA3100.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

If you have the Netgear USB Wifi adapter WNA3100, then this exe installs when you install the device driver fot the adapter/
  Dasmotiu Q Zodalif  

Summary: Average user rating of WNA3100.exe: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user thinks WNA3100.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application.

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Best practices for resolving WNA3100 issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with WNA3100. 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 WNA3100.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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