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What is Wow.exe?

Wow.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 Wow.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.

Wow.exe file information

The process known as World of Warcraft or World of Warcraft Retail or Client belongs to software World of Warcraft or Auctioneer AddOns or Half-Life (version 2) or Client or Tony Hawk's Underground (version 2) or Nero 7 Ultra Edition by Blizzard Entertainment (blizzard.com).

Description: Wow.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Wow.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 7/XP are 4,775,986 bytes (11% of all occurrences), 8,116,224 bytes and 36 more variants. http://www.file.net/process/wow.exe.html 
The program has a visible window. Wow.exe is not a Windows core file. The application uses ports to connect to a LAN or the Internet. Wow.exe is able to record inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 18% dangerous, however also read the users reviews.
If there are any problems with Wow.exe, you can uninstall World of Warcraft or Auctioneer AddOns from your computer using the Control Panel applet "Add/Remove programs".

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If Wow.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\, the security rating is 16% dangerous. The file size is 8,116,224 bytes (15% of all occurrences), 4,775,986 bytes and 17 more variants. The program has a visible window. Wow.exe is not a Windows core file. The process uses ports to connect to a LAN or the Internet. Wow.exe is able to record inputs and monitor applications.
If there are any problems with Wow.exe, you can do the following:
  1) uninstall World of Warcraft or Tony Hawk's Underground 2 from your computer using the Control Panel applet "Add/Remove programs"
  2) consult Blizzard’s Customer Service
  3) find out if there is a newer version available.

If Wow.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Documents and Settings", the security rating is 16% dangerous. The file size is 11,196,560 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 5,238,834 bytes or 12,682,896 bytes. The program has a visible window. The process uses ports to connect to a LAN or the Internet. The file is not a Windows system file. Wow.exe is certified by a trustworthy company. Wow.exe is able to record inputs and monitor applications.

If Wow.exe is located in the folder C:\Windows\System32, the security rating is 64% dangerous. The file size is 24,576 bytes.

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

Its a game
Its the exe file from World of Warcraft, an online Game
  Manuel melo  
FriendlyWeb properties: • Allows remote user connection; Connects itself to the internet; Stays resident in background
Friendly web spyware
Not dangerous at all.. It's just a game.
It is a MMORPG, I play it all the time, it is harmless.
  Tirisfallen   (further information)
installing wow.exe
trying to delete it
wow.exe is a process used for running old application that usually run on a 16 bit environment. It's required for those applications to run properly.
  The Professor   (further information)
it can scan your running processes so blizzard can know if you are using hacks or whatsoever
Process used for running application that run on a 16 bit environment(windows). Also used by mailware (friendlyweb)and world of warcraft.
Its a great game
it's world of warcraft's exe file... (wow= a game)
Its a game only dangerous by addiction, else harmless.
  WoW freak  
takes over wife's computer. Neither wife nor anyone else has installed WOW on this machine. In fact no one n the house plays it. MALWARE.
If you have World of Warcraft installed, this is the main executable. If you don't there's no reason to keep it.
When my computer is acting sluggish, 9 times out of 10, this WOW.EXE junk will be running in Windows Task Manager. As soon as I turn it off, I regain control of the PC. It pops up from out of the blue. I don't do games on my computer, so I would say it's being used as spyware, or game players or whoever may be using it to incorporate my CPU into a computer array ? A complete search of my HDD turns up NO FILE named WOW.EXE . A registry search turned up one instance of classified as an MRU. This tells me it's coming in over the web, and is being used by someone, either for spying, or CPU use.
  Billy Bob  
its windows on windows process for programs that use windows 16bit
Root Virus in Registry-Hidden in sys-in--
Its World of Warcraft! It comes up when up play it... duh
It's a trojan. Found it in Temporary Internet Files. Never loaded World of Warcraft.
World of Warcraft executable
Mine removes itself when you stop the process- Meaning it is trying to keep from being detected/examined. I have found this file twice- It slows down, I start looking for odd processes. When the process gets killed, there is no file left on the drive, however there are registry entries.
  Ozzy- (CISSP)  
It's the executable that starts the game World of Warcraft (over 9 million players worldwide). Harmless!
  Mrs Smith   (further information)
WoW.exe is used to launch previous patches from the game World of Warcraft.
"Windows on Windows" (wow).exe is a process to allow backwards compatability with older windows (16bit) programmes
  Mike   (further information)
If you do not play World of Warcraft, wow.exe is an Active X Spyware script run by companies to get your information when you register software. ARCsoft is infamous for it. unfortuantely it does slow down your computer sending information to the companies.
Its a file used for some WoW private servers dont reslly need for the real WoW tho
If you do not have World of Warcraft™ installed on your computer, a process with this name might be an unauthorized application designed to harm your computer/files. Otherwise, it's just the process that runs World of Warcraft on your computer.
WOW.EXE may be a login/password grabber trojan.
  Shadow Wolf   (further information)
wow.exe is not always world of warcraft. I did a fresh install and after a few weeks, wow.exe was running in background. I never played WOW. Something is wrong with my PC because it's sluggish. Killing wow.exe doesnt really do anything though.
There is in fact a trojan that uses the moniker wow.exe, it should be able to be handled by most antivirus software and is found outside of the World of Warcraft folder found in "/program files". Typically either in root "/c" or in "/system"
It's a backdoor trojan; you need to use the link and get this off of your machine! It steals passwords!
  Anthony   (further information)
is a game
WoW.exe is the file used to launch and run the game World of warcraft.
its windows on window.... if youre running on 64bit system and try to run 32 bit apps then wow..emulate it for you
it says its a malware virus which is a trojan
wow = windows on windows (used for older windowsapplications)
It's the WorldofWarcraft EXE file.

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of Wow.exe: based on 54 votes with 39 user comments.
26 users think Wow.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 5 users think it's probably harmless. 8 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 5 users suspect danger. 10 users think Wow.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 4 users don't grade Wow.exe ("not sure about it").

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