What is wpabaln.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 wpabaln.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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Wpabaln.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with wpabaln
Wpabaln.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Windows WPA Balloon Reminder belongs to software Microsoft Windows Operating System by Microsoft (

Description: Wpabaln.exe is an important part of Windows, but often causes problems. Wpabaln.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 32,256 bytes (85% of all occurrences) or 31,232 bytes. 
There is an icon for this program on the taskbar next to the clock. Wpabaln.exe is a Windows core system file. The program has a visible window. The wpabaln.exe file is a Microsoft signed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 7% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: Some malware disguises itself as wpabaln.exe, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the wpabaln.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

Used to register windows withing 30 days
Used by Microsoft to register windows XP
  Phil Stilliard  
Shows balloon reminder for Windows Product Activation.
  Jen O'Rourke  
I think it is for registering windows. I had it in a windows XP professional.
That I have never seen it before today in processes in the task manager
  James Roe  
microsoft activation balloon. watch process in task manager disapear when you click the balloon :
Bad, makes that u gotta pay for windows within 30- days
Used to register windows within 30 days
Is für die Windowsaktivierung!
wpabaln.exe is a problem it hides in the windows\Prefetch folder. It sends a popup window informing you that you have no connection to the internet. Wpbaln.exe is the the system32 folder and is the windows balloon reminder for registration and is harmless.
used for activating within 30 days. you could remove it, but it'll come back on your next startup.
Use a Security Suite to stop and block the process: voila! No need to register!!
Windows activation pop-up. May be harmless, but a clear nuisance to users of the system who may not want to or be capable of "activating windows within 30 days" for some reason. I, for one, am going to look into removing this nuisance ASAP. It's the clear textbook example of spam in my eyes. Adware as it clearly wishes for the user to obey Microsoft and activate Windows. Spyware as it constantly seems to check whether the product has been activated yet.. It's spam and a bad business practice. One of the reasons my main computer runs Linux.
It's not for registering Windows XP; it would be for ACTIVATING it.
Appears harmless and gone after activation
yes it is microsofts activation systray msg balloon. activate your windows else you will have to reinstall
Required for activation of Windows. Stop complaining and go actually buy yourself a copy when you got the time to whine nonsense like Maki.
Genuine Windows Program

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of wpabaln.exe: based on 20 votes with 18 user comments. 8 users think wpabaln.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. 4 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users suspect danger. 4 users think wpabaln.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 4 users don't grade wpabaln.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving wpabaln issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with wpabaln. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic 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 6resmon 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 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the wpabaln.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity 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. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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