What is WebKit2WebProcess.exe?

The genuine WebKit2WebProcess.exe file is a software component of Safari by Apple.
WebKit2WebProcess.exe is an executable file that is associated with Apple's Safari Browser. This process is related to the WebKit, a layout engine used by Safari to render webpages. Disabling this file may cause Safari to stop functioning, however, it is not an essential Windows process and can be disabled if known to create problems. The Safari Web Browser is a freeware software that was initially released in January, 2003 with OS X Panther and has been available for mobile devices since 2007. The browser was available for Windows from 2007 to 2012. Apple Inc. is an American company that develops consumer electronics, computer software, as well as online services. The company is known for its smartphones, tablet computers, personal computers, media players and smartwatches. Apple develops the OS X and iOS operating systems, the iTunes media player, the Safari web browser, as well as several dozen productivity suites. Apple was founded by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne in 1976, to develop and sell personal computers. The company is currently based in Cupertino, California, USA. part of a process that recognizes the connected Apple devices (iPod, iPhone, iPad) and is part of the program iTunes. You can also turn off the wireless (Wi-Fi) synchronization of iTunes, then ATH.exe will consume fewer resources.

WebKit2WebProcess stands for WebKit version 2.0 Web Process

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 WebKit2WebProcess.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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WebKit2WebProcess.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with WebKit2WebProcess
WebKit2WebProcess.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as WebKit2WebProcess.exe belongs to software Safari or Apple Application Support by Apple (

Description: WebKit2WebProcess.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. WebKit2WebProcess.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files" or in a subfolder of the user's profile folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 14,184 bytes (97% of all occurrences) or 14,224 bytes. 
The software has no file description. The program has no visible window. It is a Verisign signed file. The file is certified by a trustworthy company. The file is not a Windows system file. The process can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. Therefore the technical security rating is 24% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: The software publisher Apple provides direct support ( and update information ( You could completely remove Safari or Apple Application Support (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as WebKit2WebProcess.exe. Therefore, you should check the WebKit2WebProcess.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

It's part of SAFARI browser
looks like this file runs in your processes on windows task manager only when you have a web browser open, the more web activity you have going the higher the memory usage is for this, if you close web browser this will disapear out of running processes under the processes tab in task manager.
It's part of Safari 5.1. Every time Safari is launched, WebKit2WebProcess.exe launches also. It is a memory hog, sometimes using as much or more than Safari does. Combined, they use around 200MB of Ram. When I try to turn it off with TaskManager, Safari reloads & WebKit2WebProcess.exe restarts. Also, my laptop's CPU pegs at 100% for several minutes before dropping below 10. I'm not pleased with this at all. My understanding was that the Safari Browser was one of the easier ones on resources.
  Mark Field  
I have not been able to get into the Control Panel since I started have error messages regarding this executable.
  Lady Tech  
It's perfectly fine. It pretty much controls all media being used in a web browser
without it, or it is corrupt, it causes safari to not play youtube videos
Crashy crashy but it worked fine at first
  Ellie E.  
Part of Safari and seems to cause programs to become unstable
This thing brought my Core 2 computer to a crawl... took up 136MB of RAM and was causing my hard drive to constantly thrash. What is it doing, scanning my hard drive and uploading it to Apple? I'm just on XP and I use Safari to test website work.
  Dave H  
Norton 360 memory use warning when running Safari.
I search for webkit2webprocess in my registry and delete it. As a pc user of an obviously Mac-friendly browser, I'm probably going to top using Safari, except for web design.
  Clay Teunis  
I'll tell you what I think... I think this exe file is a MONSTER HOG. It really does bring my computer to snails pace. I hate it. Every time I open ANYTHING on the web, this file kicks in and starts PROCESSING like there is no tomorrow.
  Nicholas in Seattle  
My parents think its more "dangerous". But to me it doesnt seem harmful.
Its not really harmful, but its a memory hog.
  Computer Lady  
Runs in Windows Task Manager. Reloads when process is ended. Uses too much memory and causes facebook to freeze in safari
I have removed it from my pc a number of times only to have it reinstall every time I use Safari. It is a memory hog for sure and it doesn't stop.
  dea bradbury  
Overloads the system RAM preventing the OS from running properly - yet another poorly designed app disabling efficient online resources via Safari
  Bill Gates  
Appears to load with Safari. Complete memory hog. Haven't heard of a fix yet - will probably uninstall Safari, as I have no need for a ~200mb memory hog that is completely unnecessary.
  Ben A   (further information)
Serious memory hog causing problems with media.Not dangerous as in hacker-ware. I use firefox and safrai only now and then. This monster of a program interferes with FF.
It`s part of Safari browser. If you want to not having any RAM problems, increase your side of it by at leaset 3GB.
memory and cpu hog. Causes Internet Explorer and Safari to frequently hang. A really lousy poorly written program in my opinion. Very unlike Apple which usually creates and uses good stuff.
  Robert Johnson  

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Summary: Average user rating of WebKit2WebProcess.exe: based on 20 votes with 21 user comments. 3 users think WebKit2WebProcess.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 4 users think it's probably harmless. 6 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 5 users suspect danger. 2 users think WebKit2WebProcess.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 4 users don't grade WebKit2WebProcess.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving WebKit2WebProcess issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with WebKit2WebProcess. 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 WebKit2WebProcess.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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