What is WPN111.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 WPN111.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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WPN111.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with WPN111
WPN111.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Netgear MFC Application belongs to software NETGEAR RangeMax™ Wireless USB or WPN111 by NETGEAR (

Description: WPN111.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. WPN111.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 995,328 bytes (50% of all occurrences), 999,424 bytes, 884,838 bytes, 888,930 bytes or 893,029 bytes. 
The file is not a Windows core file. The program has no visible window. The software starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\User Shell Folders). Therefore the technical security rating is 48% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you want to remove the program completely, go to Control Panel ⇒ Software ⇒ NETGEAR RangeMax(TM) Wireless USB or NETGEAR RangeMax(TM) Wireless.

Recommended: Identify WPN111.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as WPN111.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the WPN111.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

Net Gear WireLess USB adapter. Remove it if you dont useexternal Wireless connection. Use Remove program from Control Panel. avoid putting it un quarantine unless you suspect a virus did replace it
  Gordon Eldest  

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Best practices for resolving WPN111 issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with WPN111. 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 WPN111.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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