What is WzPreloader.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 WzPreloader.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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WzPreloader.exe file information

The process known as WinZip Preloader or WinZip belongs to software WinZip by WinZip Computing, S.L.

Description: WzPreloader.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The WzPreloader.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 133,216 bytes (43% of all occurrences), 126,176 bytes or 124,128 bytes. 
The file has a digital signature. It is not a Windows core file. The application starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\User Shell Folders, User Shell Folders). The application can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. The program is not visible. WzPreloader.exe appears to be a compressed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 25% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: You can also do the following:
  1) completely remove WinZip (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program)
  2) consult’s Customer Service for advice
  3) look for a new, improved version.

Recommended: Identify WzPreloader.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as WzPreloader.exe. Therefore, you should check the WzPreloader.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

When this is enabled, the WinZip preloader will start automatically when Windows starts up. The WinZip preloader will start certain services that are required by WinZip to run. This allows WinZip to start up faster since these services will already be running. This should not affect the normal performance of your computer.
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Summary: Average user rating of WzPreloader.exe: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving WzPreloader issues

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