Was ist wowexec.exe?

Wowexec.exe ist eine Windows EXE Datei. EXE ist die Abkürzung für executable file, zu deutsch ausführbare Datei. Diese kann auf Ihrem Computer Einstellungen ändern oder schlimmstenfalls auch Schaden anrichten. Dieses offene Datei Informationsforum hilft Ihnen, wenn Sie wissen möchten, ob die Datei unnötig oder sogar schädlich ist bzw. wie Sie wowexec.exe Fehler beseitigen oder die zugehörige Windows Win16 Application Launcher Software deinstallieren.

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Wowexec.exe Datei Info

Windows Task-Manager mit wowexec
Der wowexec Prozess im Windows Task-Manager

Der Prozess Windows Win16 Application Launcher oder Startprogramm für Windows Win16-Anwendungen gehört zur Software Microsoft Windows™ Operating System oder Betriebssystem Microsoft® Windows oder Betriebssystem Microsoft R Windows TM der Firma Microsoft (www.microsoft.com).

Charakteristik: Die originale wowexec.exe ist in Windows notwendig und macht normalerweise selten Probleme. Wowexec.exe befindet sich im Ordner C:\Windows\System32. Bekannte Dateigrößen unter Windows 10/8/7/XP sind 10368 Bytes (66% aller Vorkommen), 10544 Bytes und 6 weitere Varianten. http://www.file.net/prozess/wowexec.exe.html 
Diese Datei wird vom Windows System benötigt. Wowexec.exe stammt von Microsoft und ist vertrauenswürdig. Die Anwendung hat kein sichtbares Fenster. Deshalb bewerten wir diese Datei zu 7% als gefährlich, aber vergleichen Sie diese Wertung mit den Mitglieder Meinungen.

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dient der Unterstützung von 16-Bit Programmen in der 32-Bit Windowsumgebung
related to popup that says registry is at risk... attaches to registry and Win32 folder, stays on top of all screens,installs with windows and messenger, related to unknow installer that re-enters it in the registry and win32 folder. File search and registry show a space before the letter "W" in wow. It's installer is hidden in the WINinit system folder. haven't found which one yet.
Windows16-bit On WindowsNT emulator - launched in conjunction with NTVDM.exe (NTVirtualDosMachine) in order to enable NT-based Windows operating systems to run MSDOS programs - mostly old games. It's a part of the operating system and without it you can't run older games. Only drawback seems to be that it stays resident in memory even after you exit from the game and sometimes will not allow another old game to launch until you manually shut it down from inside Windows Task Manager.
  Craig Wilson - Lead Technician, CompUSA 0520   (weitere Info's)
There are two types of this program. One is a vital system process, and another is a hidden trojan, disguised as the usual process. You can identify the trojan as it has a space before the name, which may be because it is attaching itself to another process. I do not how to remove this, as i have it myself, but i have managed to round up this information from other websites.
It is generally launched when using a legacy application or game. For example, whenever I run Jack Nicklaus 5, a game from 1997, it will launch and will stay in memory unless removed manually by the user. I have noticed that it cause interruptions when using media products, such as Windows Media Player or a video player such as DivX Player. It also shows a space before its name. under XP Proccesses.
ouch!! OK after wowexec lauches a 16bit app. like sheep.exe, the wowexec becomes the 'shell' of that process. if it is terminated wowexec will remain in process. waiting for you to launch another sheep or orange. But if the wowexec is terminated before closing the 16 bit app it called then there's this sheep running around without a mean of closing it.
well, i was having troubles wid internet, not being able to connect and shizzle, and then i open task manager and this wowexec thing is there with its space behind its name and some other program nlvcldk.exe or some crap underneath it, i ended it imediatly i think its a hacker i dont kno how to get it
it loads/runs when I run sunny data, sdcv37.exe this program 'monitors' my serial port to 'read' the output of an rs232 signal on a solar electrical system, software availble http://www.sma-america.com/index.aspx a pdf file regarding running it is a 'link' above this page adds one blank space to the url. Please take the last blank space off the link to make it work..
Identify 16-bit Programs that Are Running 1 To determine if any 16-bit programs are currently running, and identify any that are: 1. Start Task Manager. To do so, right-click a blank spot on the taskbar, and click Task Manager. 2. On the Processes tab, note the contents of the Image Name column. 3. If any 16-bit programs are running, you see an entry for Ntvdm.exe, which is the virtual DOS machine that is provided by Windows XP. You also see wowexec.exe (the Windows on Windows subsystem), and the executable name of each 16-bit program that is running in that WOW virtual machine. As a helpful v
  Alex   (weitere Info's)
The space before "wowexec.exe" in the task manager is supposed to be there. Any other processes indented like that just means it is a 16-bit process. I did read though that "_wowexec.exe" is bad stuff. Notice the underscore _ Link is to MS site about identifying 16-bit processes.
  Esteric   (weitere Info's)
The file is fine. A lot of people out there have been saying this is a bad file. There are many suspicious attributes: space in front of the name, no PID, no mem usage stat. These unusual indicators are a result of wowexec.exe being so old and legacy-oriented. The suspicious attributes are actually an action performed by windows to enable the user to easily identify 16-bit applications.
Help! When listed in Windows Task Manager the name is preceded with one blank. I can kill it from there, but can’t locate it anywhere on he drive except where it is supposed to be: C:\WINDOWS\system32. ?mike; where did you find the file to delete?
I've had this file and ppl i know have also! I Made a folder on a seperate HD, then i copied & pasted the wowexec.exe into the new folder and zipped it up, then i deleted the orig wowexec.exe and we've had no further issues. Before i removed it my cpu was idle at 20% ish, now its between 0% and 4%
If any 16-bit programs are running, you see an entry for Ntvdm.exe, which is the virtual DOS machine that is provided by Windows XP. You also see wowexec.exe (the Windows on Windows subsystem), and the executable name of each 16-bit program that is running in that WOW virtual machine. As a helpful visual aid, wowexec.exe and the 16-bit executable file names are indented.--In my case, the 16-bit program was an old CAD program, also indented in the process list, as described.
  John Steel   (weitere Info's)
I found that this file is typically installed after or runs itself after using a old pc game for windows 98 or 95 era. The file is there but creates a stealth file somewhere in the C:\ drive. From what I see its not bad. Though as noted here can eat cpu usage. However once a pc is rebooted it is out of the process list. I did not have internet connections to those pcs and the file was there when the pcs came new from factory. win xp and 98. However there is a malicious wowexec.exe out there but hard to get. I do not know its purpose though.
This file just starting showing up on my processes, it's never been there before, I end the process but it just keeps comming back, and I'm not running any 16bit apps, the file look legit, and passes all my scans, but I dunno wazup with it.....
(All scans with Eset NOD32 AV, and Webroot Spy Sweeper, Spybot Search&Destroy come up clean) I started seeing this file when I installed some DOS games. As far as I can tell if it doesn't have an underscore "_" before it's name it's okay. I noticed ntvdm.exe as well. If you close ntvdm.exe the " wowexec.exe" will also close. No problem with the file although I did notice that it seems to crash my browsers (IE, OP, FX) when they're trying to play embedded media files. Not sure if " wowexec.exe" is the cause but my browsers won't crash if it's not running.
  bizzyb0t   (weitere Info's)
A blank space before its name I guess its a trojan. Unable to track him. Try to kill him continuously. I;m using AVG antivirus (paid software). They couldnt find what it is. It popups during online. Anybody can help me?
Its bogus if its got a sapce prior to it in sys processes w/ no mem allocated! I went to symantech and typed it in their database search. MY MACHINE FREAKED and it continued to try to connect to the page fo info as if in a loop. Finally it did open the page. Next time I opened Processes IT WAS GONE! An annoyance.
i'm not 100% sure if this process is dangerous, but it is running on my computer just when i'm at work. So i think, that just some of our office programs use this and even if it runs, I can browse internet without any problems. This file is shown with space at the beginning in process manager.
The file is contained in an archive and windows will automatically reextract it to system32 if it needs it. The program is just what has been said here: It runs 16 bit programs without shredding your processor. Microsoft wrote the program, and it is meant to stay in windows. You can feel free to close it if there are no other 16 bit programs running (nothing else indented in your task manager) but it hardly uses any resources (a few bytes of memory is all)
Only time this file loads on my system is when I play this old game called Stars! I use to play back in the win3.1 days. It does have a space before the name under processes but I believe it to be the proper setup for this exe file as it would be a strange trojan to only launch when a VERY old game is launched but I could be wrong will keep my eyes on it.
You cannot delete this file; windows file protection will allways put it back. In adddition, it is not harmful and if you do manage to remove it you will most likely have issues in the future. The underscored(_) version is bad, though. As far as causing issue sin IE, that must be caused by something else as WoW isn't needed by IE. course, IE is IE, so ya never know whats wrong w/ it...
my system with XP as OS has become sudden slow, it took lot of time to open internet explorer, wondering why I opened the task manager and to my surprise I have seen this process which is active - ' wowexec.ece' with a space in the front.. And the memory its using says nothing(blank) without any number there? Is that a Virus?
just noticed it today, but it is highly possible it popped up when i installed and ran a program designed to allow you to run an old DOS game in winxp. when you close ntvdm.exe it goes away along with it. it's not a virus/trojan, etc
its obvious soooo many people dont actually know what they are talking about "a space character before this file name is dangerous. it should be a virus/trojan. This will hack our system" above people have posted links to m$ft site where it tells about the space. So, this exe under most circumstances is fine. What gives me the shits is that it actually dont work :(
John Steel Nailed this Issue with wowexec & ntvdm , If you are still concerned about your version check it against the copy In dllcache, be sure to show sys & hidden files or you wont be able to find dllcache
  Bob O  
I know that it's important but it's a major nuisance neverthesless - I know when it starts running because my fans start screaming right away (I have a P4)- it doesn't seem to use any memory or cpu but it certainly does, it makes everything slow and heats the machine. When closed everything is back to normal.
This file is not dangerous if you have bothered to look in the official places. The file is a Microsoft program for running 16 bit applications in Windows XP. The indentation is there to show that it is a 16 bit program!
  BartMan   (weitere Info's)
From Microsoft.com : 16-bit programs run under the virtual DOS Machine (VDM). The program is indented under Ntvdm.exe. Additionally, a 16-bit Windows program has wowexec.exe indented with it. This is the Windows On Windows (WOW) emulator.
  dlp   (weitere Info's)
I noticed it sitting on task manager which is why I came to this forum in the first place. Having read the postings I closed it with no ill effects. I then started an old (13 years !) graphics program I still use sometimes and wowexec reappeared, together with the graphics prog, both inset one space. It does seem that it is indeed enabling 16 bit software to run in XP and the space is there for id purposes. Of course a harmful lookalike may also exist, but mine is clearly legit.
  Richard SJ  
Go here: C:\WINDOWS\system32\wowexec.exe
Bei mir wird diese exe gestartet, wenn ich fritz 5 spiele, das ja schon ein älteres programm ist . wowexec.exe ist absolut harmlos.


Zusammenfassung: Durchschnittliche Bewertung von wowexec.exe: basierend auf 162 Bewertungen mit 33 Kommentaren. 86 Mitglieder halten wowexec.exe notwendig für Windows bzw. für eine installierte Software. 11 Mitglieder halten es für ungefährlich. 29 Mitglieder halten es weder für wichtig noch für gefährlich. 12 Mitglieder vermuten Gefahr. 24 Mitglieder halten es für schädlich und empfehlen, wowexec.exe zu deinstallieren. 21 Mitglieder gaben kein Urteil ab ("bin nicht sicher").

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Ein aufgeräumter Computer ist die beste Voraussetzung, um wowexec Probleme zu vermeiden. Hierzu sollten Sie einen Malware-Scan durchführen, Ihre Festplatte aufräumen (mit 1cleanmgr und 2sfc /scannow), nicht mehr benötigte 3Programme deinstallieren, Autostart Programme überprüfen (mittels 4msconfig) und 5Windows Updates automatisch installieren. Denken Sie immer daran ein Backup oder zumindest einen Wiederherstellungspunkt zu erstellen.

Bei einem konkreten Problem überlegen Sie bitte, was Sie als letztes getan bzw. installiert haben, bevor das Problem das erste Mal auftrat. Nutzen Sie den Befehl 6resmon, um diejenigen Prozesse zu ermitteln, die Ihr Problem verursachen. Selbst bei schwerwiegenden Problemen sollten Sie anstatt einer Windows-Neuinstallation lieber eine Reparaturinstallation oder ab Windows 8 den Befehl 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth ausführen. Damit wird das Betriebssystem ohne Datenverlust repariert.

Zur weiteren Analyse haben sich folgende Programme als nützlich herausgestellt: Der ASecurity Task Manager untersucht den aktiven wowexec Prozess auf Ihrem Computer und zeigt anschaulich was der Prozess macht. Das bekannte Tool BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware sagt Ihnen, ob die Datei wowexec.exe auf Ihrem PC lästige Werbung einblendet und so Ihren PC ausbremst. Solche unerwünschten Adware Programme werden oft von einer Antivirus Software nicht als Virus eingestuft und deshalb nicht erkannt.

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