What is Wow-64.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 Wow-64.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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Wow-64.exe file information

The process known as World of Warcraft or World of Warcraft Retail belongs to software World of Warcraft by Blizzard Entertainment (

Description: Wow-64.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The Wow-64.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 13,179,660 bytes. 
The program has a visible window. Wow-64.exe is digitally signed. Wow-64.exe is not a Windows core file. Wow-64.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 8% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: You have the option to uninstall World of Warcraft software via Windows Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 10/8/7), contact Customer Service or verify that you have installed the latest version.

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If Wow-64.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\, the security rating is 14% dangerous. The file size is 13,179,660 bytes. The program has a visible window. Wow-64.exe is certified by a trustworthy company. Wow-64.exe is not a Windows system file. The software listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. Wow-64.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications.

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as Wow-64.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the Wow-64.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 Wow-64 issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with Wow-64. 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 Wow-64.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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