How to remove the wowexec virus

Most antivirus programs identify wowexec.dll as malware.

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Wowexec.dll file information

The process has no identifications of its developer.

Description: Wowexec.dll is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file wowexec.dll is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 81,920 bytes. 
A .dll file (Dynamic Link Library) is a special type of Windows program containing functions that other programs can call. This .dll file can be injected to all running processes and can change or manipulate their behavior. The software has no file description. The application starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: AppInit_DLLs). The file is not a Windows core file. The program has no visible window. The service has no detailed description. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 94% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Recommended: Identify wowexec.dll related errors

Important: You should check the wowexec.dll 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

Tries to transmit data from your pc to another user. Malware
this dll only shows up on WinTaskMngr when two of my clock programs run--IT IS NOT FOUND anywhere on my XP PRO unless & until any one of these said programs are made to Run by me. I honestly believe this file is "suspicious," the reason why I proceded to REMOVE BOTH programs from my pc..though NOD32 never once classified the file as any kind of threat.
wowexec.exe would not close when I tried to stop it in task manager, but turned off when I shut down ntv something that is part of Media Center.

Summary: Average user rating of wowexec.dll: based on 1 vote with 3 user comments. One user thinks wowexec.dll is dangerous and recommends removing it. 2 users don't grade wowexec.dll ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving wowexec issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: Security Task Manager examines the active wowexec process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known anti-malware tool tells you if the wowexec.dll on your computer displays annoying ads, slowing it down. This type of unwanted adware program is not considered by some antivirus software to be a virus and is therefore not marked for cleanup.

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding PC trouble. 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.

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